Backup Files On PC

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There are many ways on how to backup files in Windows operating system. It is depend on the situation of the computer that needed to be backup. 

Before you backup the important files and documents you must consider to take a look the system. First thing you need to know is the status of your Windows Operating System, know if your computer can still log-on to your desktop or your operating system is already corrupted. Another thing you need to know is the capacity of the files that you need to backup, how much is the size of the files that you need to backup?. After that choose the best way to backup your files in the following.
  • Backup files using other partition or local disk. If you can still log-on to your windows check into your "My Computer" if there is two or more partition created. Like for example, in your computer you have  "Local Disk C:" and a "Local Disk D:" it means that there are 2 partitions created on your hard disk. Most commonly local disk C is the location wherein your operating system installed and Local Disk D is for backup purposes. If the capacity of your local disk D can accumulate the capacity of the files that you need to backup then your "Local Disk D" is the best location for your backup. Just copy the important files and documents and paste it to your local disk D. 

Note: If you are going to reformat your computer don't delete or format the Local Disk D during setup so you're backup won't lost.

  • Backup files using external storage. You can use this method if your computer has only 1 partition. You can backup your files in an external storage like memory card, USB drive and External Hard Drive. You can also use CD and DVD as a backup storage if the capacity of the files that you need to backup is below from the capacity of CD and DVD but I will not recommend you to use it, Its better and easier to use USB drive and Memory Card for the light capacity backup files. You need to select the best external storage that can accumulate the capacity of the files that you need to backup. This method is very safe specially when you are going to reformat your computer and planning to re-partition your hard disk. If you are going to use CD or DVD as your backup storage use burning tool and burn the data on CD or DVD. If you choose USB drive and External Hard Drive  to backup files just copy the backup files to your external storage. If you choose memory card you need to use memory card reader in order for your computer to read the memory card then copy your files to the memory card.

    • Backup files over the network. Use this method if your computer can still log-on to your windows but the problem is there's only 1 partition and you don't have an external storage or you're storage couldn't accumulate the capacity of your backup files. This method require a user who has the ability to perform folder and network sharing. To backup your files over the network all you need to do is to connect both computer in a Local Area Network (LAN), then share a folder on a computer that you are going to transfer your backup files, after that browse the shared folder from the computer that you need to backup the files by using the "ip address" of your backup computer then copy your backup files to the shared folder.

      • Transfer your hardisk to another computer. You can use this way if you can't log-on to your windows operating system. Get your hard disk drive and insert it to another computer. Set the hardisk that you need to backup as a secondary bootable device and the original hardisk to first bootable device in order for your backup computer run to its original operating system. After that log on to your windows go to your "my computer" then find the partition of the hardisk that you need to backup. Copy the files that you need to backup to the local partition of the backup computer.

      • Use Windows Live CD. Windows Live CD is a super-tool, It is a bootable operating system inside the CD. You can use this tool to backup your files if you can't log-on to your windows operating system. Its just like you are using a normal operating system, you can access all the partition to the hardisk using this tool so you can copy the important files from the disk and transfer it to your backup location. This tool support external devices and can access even through the local area network.

      It is very important to know the ways to backup your files because we don't know when our computer will going to crash. 

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