The Advantage of using computers and gadgets to process and store files is numerous. The ability to compress and store large files is one of its finest characteristics of using personal computers for data management. Despite the advantages of using computers as well as other gadgets to manage data, the propensity to lose all your files overnight is still high. That’s why it is important for you to backup your important files to avoid such calamities. In this article, we would not just be talking about PC backup alone, but other mobile gadgets that have the ability to store sensitive data.
5 ways to backup you Personal computer
1. Backup to an external Hard drive:
This method is one of the safest ways to backup your computer files. It is important to find a location outside the housing of your computer for backup because you could lose your important files to nontraditional threats like theft and fire disaster. Also, if your system fails to boot or crashes, you could recover your data from your external drive or even use it to boot up your operating system.
2. Burn your important files to CDs
This is one of the traditional methods of backing up your important files and data. You can burn important data such as documents, pictures, and other media files onto your compact discs. The only drawback to using this method is that once the disk surface is scratched or damaged, data retrieval becomes difficult.
3. Use backup software
You can use a backup software or programs to make the process of backing up your important files and data seamless and automatic. Backups require constant updates to remain relevant, and that’s why you need a program to automate these processes and take off the stress of doing that.
4. USB Flash Drives
Well, I wouldn’t recommend this method for some serious data backups, but then if what you have on your PC are just a few files then the USB flash drive should be one of your ideal choices for backing up data. It’s concise and portable and can be carried around easily without much fuss.
5. Use your computer backup utility
This is the least recommended method of backing up your PC files and data. Most computers come preinstalled with backup utility programs that help to carry out routine backups, but then these backups are usually stored on the hard drives, making them virtually useless in the event of hardware failure.
How to backup your Android
The process of backing up your Android Smartphone is a little complicated. The primary Google backup service is basic at best, with the most prominent which involves backing up your phone contacts to Gmail. If you are looking for some good backup services, then you’d have to go paid. There two types of apps for backing up your Android Smartphone files, one of which backs up your entire files into a single file and the other requires a piecemeal approach. Your ideal bet should be the app that backs up your entire files in a single file; it’s easier to manage and recover data using this method.
The Piecemeal approach simply involves downloading three basic backup apps which include the call logs backups and restore, SMS backups and restore and APN backup and restore. As you can see the process for the Piecemeal backup approach is a bit complicated and requires many individual backups. Most of these piecemeal backup apps can be gotten for free, but then free things require more efforts from you to manage. Besides, you also need an app that can backup the applications on your Android device, and one of such free apps is the “Astro File Manager.” It’s easy to use and can be gotten on the Google Playstore.
Backup for iPhone Users
The process of backing up files on iPhones and most iOS devices is a lot easier than Android backup process. ITunes have made the process of backing up iPhone files simple and less cumbersome. All that is needed is to download the iTunes program on your PC and then connect your iPhone to your computer. It automatically syncs your data and files to your PC, thereby creating backing up your PC. The only drawback to using iTunes for backup is that it isn’t flexible. It backups virtually everything on your iPhone from contacts, call history, mail accounts to SMSes, Videos and Photos automatically. So might have to restore everything instead of e.g. contacts and messages. To restore your iPhone backup, all you need to do is to connect your iPhone to your PC, alt click on the icon on iTunes and click restore from backup. It’s that simple.
In conclusion, backing up files and data is your best bet to safeguard against pitfalls of using computers and gadgets to store sensitive data. Data loss can have dire consequences for the survival of modern organizations these days. But as individuals, losing sensitive data can be very painful to bear. The value of personal data and files, accrued over the years is priceless and invaluable. Using simple techniques as outlined above, you can efficiently safeguard and protect your valuable data, as well as maximize the benefits of using modern technology for data processing and storage.
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