How to Save Files to Your Computer

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As I write this, it is the beginning of December, and I try as hard as I can, I can’t remember what my New Year’s resolution meant last time. One thing I can say with one hundred percent certainty is that whatever it was, I failed to keep it. Maybe you are the same. Maybe you decided to quit smoking, lose weight, or learn more. We all make promises to ourselves, and when we fail to keep those promises. Worse yet, those promises may be just what we need. Consider: When was the last time you backed up your computer files? Last month? Last year? Never?

Let’s decide on a new year together, you and I. Let’s promise to make a backup copy of our computers. Important, I promise. Just yesterday the automatic backup feature in MS Word saved me about an hour’s work when my computer hardened. Since I haven’t backed up my computer for almost a year, I can’t even imagine how much data I could lose if I had an increase in power or hard drive failure. It could be the best for us and it often happens. Even manufacturers of high-performance hard drives report an average failure rate of five to eight thousand per year. That may not sound like much, but let’s face it, a person should be those five to eight people. Do you feel lucky? There are about 185 million home PCs in the U.S., according to the Computer Industry Almanac, so that means about 150,000 hard drives fail each year. But even if your drive stays unchanged, about 10 percent of all computers lose a little data in any given year. High power, magnets on home stereo speakers, or accidental displacement may affect data storage. According to a report from the ONTRACK data recovery service, data loss can be caused by natural disasters (3% of incidents), computer viruses (7%), software problems (14%), and old user error (32% very serious). ). Now, I’m sure you never click the wrong keyboard, but do you have a button on your computer that blocks lightning? I never thought so.

SINCE our information is important, and disaster may strike even the noblest and unfit for us, ABOUT THE DECISION that you and I will back up our computer files immediately.

Amen brothers and sisters. Now, where and how do we start?

STEP ONE: Selecting Favorites

Not all files are important enough to be saved for generations. The most important files on the computer are its operating system files. If you are a good small consumer, buy an operating system and keep those CDs useful and safe from data loss. If not, remind yourself that you will be standing in the corner later. Microsoft drones did not work for years just to watch you steal their work. It was people like you who prevented Bill Gates from buying his second planet. Now that you have been properly punished, go buy an official copy of the operating system or add the required files to your “must-do archive” list.

The same goal goes for software applications. Maybe you bought an ad and spyware blocker that you really like, but the coding company is out of business (probably because some customers weren’t as clean as you). If so, add the files you need to launch the app to your list.
If you are not a digital packer like me, you probably saved everything. If so, congratulations. I do not have ten gigabytes of portable media I have, so if I back up my computer, I would be leaving a few MP3 gigs and Windows Media files in jeopardy at risk. One of the first things I will keep is the folder I use to save my writing assignments because that data represents money in my pocket. I will support my email address, as well as my digital photography efforts and storytelling efforts. I could live without the “Milkshake” (what was I thinking?), But a piece of guitar was not recorded by my friend and sent to me on the list. Your results may vary.

STEP TWO: What I Tell You Where You Can Put It

Of course, this is the section where I will tell you where to store your data. It is not a good idea to put backup files in another drive on the same computer. That defeats the whole purpose. Duplicating your files on another computer on the same LAN is almost risky for your computer because computer viruses can spread as quickly as Anna Kournikova’s imaginary JPEG. You need to find portable storage that can hold all the files in your list to be included. We will look at each one in turn.

Hard diskettes, standard 3.5 “old squares, hold data up to 1.44 megabytes. Cheap, but 1.44 MB is less than 2% of 10 data on my hard drive. Even if each of these files is smaller than 1.44 MB ( and each was not), I do not like the idea of ​​buying, labeling, and keeping fifty disks.

Most computer technicians rely on removable hard drives to preserve memory. The most popular of these drives are Zip drive from Iomega and ORB drive from Castlewood. They are cheaper and hold up to two data times. Basically, you will save your data to a Zip disk, and then transfer it from disk to a portable drive. The catch is that removable drives often fail like standard hard drives. They may be at risk of injury from dust and abuse. A small option here is to use a permanent hard drive as a removable drive. Up to 200 gigs, regular hard drives are bigger than removable drives, and prices have dropped enough in recent years to make this concept work. Whatever type of hard drive you decide to use, be sure to keep it separate from dust, magnetic fields, and dry electricity.

Visual drives use a laser to store information, rather than magnets. Even if you are not a tech expert, that is probably enough information to give you a clear idea of ​​what we are talking about: that is, CDs and DVDs. Extraordinary EO (raisable optical) and WORM (write once, read more) media; they are rare because they cost more than $ 1000 per drive. CDs, on the other hand, cost less than a total of 650 megabytes. The DVDs hold five gigs and cost about fifteen dollars each. Most computers today have a CD or a DVD player (or both), but recording times can be slow. The author of my CD, for example, works very well at 300 kilometers per second – if so. I will use the remote control server option. At $ 250 and up, tape drives are more expensive and slower than hard drives or optical media, which is why they are rare, but also very reliable.

Remote servers are third-party companies that store data online for a fee. This is a great choice for broadband internet users, especially people like me who do not have a reliable data writer. SkyDesk works, Back-Up Solutions saves, and Iomega hosts iServer. XDrive, once a free service, now charges ten dollars a month for up to five final gigs. Promotions and other ratings are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to purchase one before choosing a remote storage service.

STEP THREE: Git ‘er Done

Now it’s time to save the files you want to save in the storage location of your choice. There are several ways to do this. The author of your CD, for example, may come up with software for burning discs. That app can also include a backup option. If possible, and you are more familiar with that software than with Windows features, that’s the way you should go. If not, backup making is very easy on all MS operating systems from Windows 98. Windows 98, Windows Me, and Windows XP Professional include a built-in backup utility. To get started, simply click Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and then Backup. How easy was that? If you are using the XP Home edition, you may need to add the app itself. If so, install the Windows XP CD on your disk drive and wait for the “Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP” screen. (You may need to double-click the CD icon on My Computer.) Then click Do More Tasks and Browse This CD. In Windows Explorer, double-click the ValueAdd folder, then Msft, and then Netbackup. Double-clicking on Ntbackup.msi will install the app. Once installed, you can also run the program by clicking Start and Start, then type msbackup.exe (Windows 98 and Windows ME) or ntbackup.exe (Windows XP) in the Open field. Click OK, and you will go to the race.

After all, the Windows XP Backup app also includes a bonus application called Automated Recovery Wizard. This creates a bootable floppy that starts backing up when the hard drive needs to be replaced. Other “disaster recovery” options include BackUp MyPC from Stomp and Norton Ghost 9.0 from Symantec. Ghost actually allows users to duplicate content on their computer online. They both received positive reviews from top PC magazines.

My girlfriend excuses her dirty car by saying “you live without it.” Well, I live without my computer. It is not just my office; is home to popular memories in the form of photos, MP3s, and other data files. I am determined to keep it safe.

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