Have you ever thought what would happen if the hard drive on your computer suddenly died and you lost all of your documents, music and photos? Today, I’m going to show you how you can make a backup of all your important documents using the built-in software on you PC or Mac. It doesn’t matter what kind of computer you use, the first thing you will need is an external hard drive to store your data. You can find these drives at any store that sells electronics for around $75-$100 depending on the size you get.
On a PC, Windows 10 has a great built-in back up program. To find it all you need to do is plug in your new external drive and go to “Settings”, “Update and Security”, “Back up” and then, “Add a Drive”. Then, all you need to do is choose your new drive. That’s it, your PC will automatically back up all of your files every hour. Keep in mind that this method only gets your files, not your operating system. If your computer dies or crashes, you will have to reinstall Windows 10 first, then restore your files. To restore your files from your back up, all you need to do is make sure your external drive is plugged in and type “restore your files with File History” into the search bar and follow the simple instructions. All of your files will be magically restored to their previous locations.
On a Mac, all you need to do is plug your external drive in any of the open USB ports. You will get a message asking you if you want to use this drive for use with “Time Machine”.
After choosing “yes”, you will be good to go. Time Machine will take a “picture” of your Mac including all of your files, settings, and Operating System. Once the first backup is complete, your Mac will continue to back up your files as you add or delete them. If your Mac dies or if you buy a new Mac, during the setup it will ask you if you have a Time Machine backup. With your drive plugged in, choose the latest backup, and your Mac will restore everything just like it was.
There’s a saying in the computer world that you’re only as good as your latest back up. So, follow these directions and never worry about losing your data.