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Backing up Critical Data

What should I backup?

A full backup of the contents of your computers hard drive is ideal - but will require a lot of backup capacity. It is important to make copies of items that you cannot easily reproduce. For example: documents you have created yourself, photos and media you have purchased online.

What are my backup options?

Good home backup options include: Portable hard drives, CDs or DVDs and reputable online storage facilities. Remember a backup only needs to be a second copy of a file that can be used if the original is damaged. Ideally the second copy is kept physically separated from the computer in case of fire, flood or theft.

How often should I make a backup?

Set a regular schedule. All items created since the last backup are at risk. You should decide how much your prepared to risk and establish your backup routine accordingly.

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