From the Editor

Computer Active (UK) - - Welcome - Daniel Booth editor@com­put­er­ac­tive.co.uk

For years, back­ing up my PC was on my list of ‘things I’ll get round to one day’, just be­low clear­ing out the garage, in­su­lat­ing the loft and fi­nally work­ing out what causes that strange clank­ing noise in the mid­dle of the night (sug­ges­tions on an email please).

Then I be­came a fa­ther, and sud­denly I had some­thing worth back­ing up. I couldn’t bear los­ing the pho­tos and videos I took of my lit­tle ones, so I quickly set up an elab­o­rate, mul­ti­level backup strat­egy in­volv­ing hard drives, USB sticks, sys­tem im­ages, on­line storage and en­crypted fold­ers. It’s never let me down.

To de­vise a method suit­ing your needs, read the ad­vice in this is­sue’s Cover Fea­ture. Jonathan Parkyn re­veals clever ways to re­claim lost space on your PC, then fail­safe tips for pre­serv­ing your files.

Many of the files I back up help me re­search the Booth fam­ily tree. If genealogy is a hobby of yours too, check out the phone and tablet apps we rec­om­mend on page 58.

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