six ways to back up your com­puter

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01 Time Ma­chine

If you have a Mac, it’s easy – Time Ma­chine is baked into macOS. You’ll need an ex­ter­nal hard drive or Time Cap­sule to do it. Open Ap­ple menu > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, then click Time Ma­chine and you’ll be guided through the steps.

02 Win­dows Backup

There’s a sim­i­lar fea­ture in Win­dows, too. Se­lect Start > Set­tings > Up­date & se­cu­rity > Backup > Add a drive, and then choose an ex­ter­nal drive or net­work lo­ca­tion for your backup. You might want to do this and take it else­where for ex­tra se­cu­rity (rather than stor­ing it at home).

03 Us e Livedrive

Livedrive is a cloud-based sub­scrip­tion ser­vice start­ing from £5 per month for a PC. But if you pay more, it’ll backup all your com­put­ers. It makes a com­plete copy of all the files on your PC – you tell it what to back up.

04 Free backup soft­ware

There are nu­mer­ous free Win­dows backup apps avail­able, like Easeus Todo Backup Free ( These soft­ware pack­ages en­able you to have more con­trol over your back­ups than Win­dows Backup.

05 Drop­box, Google Drive and OneDrive

If you have a pre­ferred cloud stor­age ser­vice, you can use it to back up some of your files, though this can get ex­pen­sive de­pend­ing on the amount of stor­age you need. Backup is also lim­ited to what’s in the rel­e­vant folder on your PC.

06 Net­work st orage

A net­work-at­tached stor­age (NAS) drive like the WD MyCloud ( usu­ally comes with backup soft­ware and can cre­ate a backup of your files across your home net­work, so you don’t need to be di­rectly plugged in to back up.

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