Why doing regular backup is a matter of life and death for your files
Why Doing Regular Backup is a Matter of Life and Death for your FilesBackup BasicsOne of the most important basic computer chores you can do is a proper, regular, backup. There areseveral reasons for doing regular backups. One of the main reasons is that if you have sensitive dataon your computer, if you dont have a regular backup schedule, you may lose everything, which couldcost you a lot of money and hard work. It is not hard to do a good thorough backup, so there is reallyno excuse for not having one setup on your computer, and doing it regularly.There are different issues in play today than there were when I first started in computing. One is themuch larger hard drive size, as well as the larger amounts of important files, that even regular usershave that are important to them. Because of this, the old style of backup using a floppy disk is notreally practical. Another change is that newer computers often dont come with a floppy drive, but docome with Rewritable CDRom drives. This makes it much easier to do a large backup e.g. 700 Mb. Youcan also get a Rewritable DVD drive which allows for an even larger backup.The final change is that new computers are bootable from the CDRom so you dont have to create arescue floppy disk unless you own an older computer. What this means is that you just have to insertyour operating system disk, in the case of a catastrophic computer failure, to reinstall your operatingsystem.Setting up Your BackupTo set up a backup, is really not too complicated, given the importance, OR maybe that is whycomputer operating system software manufacturers make it easy to do. One of my first jobs incomputing was as a combination bookkeeper/network technician at a smaller company. One of thefirst things I did was to institute a backup schedule where all of the accounting and inventoryinformation was backed up at the end of each working day. Once we had our backup Zip disk created, I took it home with me so that the data wasnt in the same place as the computers in case a fire or destroyed the computers. This way we would have the last backup from the previous day so that if something happened even the next day, we would only lose about four to eight hours hours of work. This backup took about an hour to set up initially and could be completed in ten minutes on subsequent occasions. I will go through the procedure for setting up a backup in Windows 98, Windows XP has setup a system restore option so that you can return to the last good configuration. In Windows 98 first go click on the Startbutton and go to Programs|Accessories|System Tools|Backup. The backup dialog box will open andat this point, you can choose the files and or folders you wish to include in the backup.
You can also choose a location to backup your files, such as a Zip or Jaz disk, or a re writeable CDRomdrive. At this point your back up is ready to run, all you have to do is go to Programs|Accessories|System Tools|Backup again and choose the backup you have saved to run it. Simple right? That iswhy I cant understand why everyone doesnt have a backup set up.Backup ConclusionsNow even though you dont have to use backup for Windows XP, it is a good idea to back up yourimportant files to a disk. You can do this by using Copy/Paste to move them to a Zip or Jaz disk. Orelse use the CD burning software(if you have a CD burner) to create a data disk and save it to runevery day In this way you should never lose important data.In conclusion, I cant stress enough the importance of doing regular data backups, even though it maynot be valuable, you will still have to do a lot of work to replace it. So dont forget about it, go set upyour backup right now!