The 22 BEST WAYS to re­gain lost space and keep files safe

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Unin­stall junk au­to­mat­i­cally

Triple-lock your files de­vice

Switch to Com­pact OS

Bring dead files back to life

Ex­pel old ver­sions of Win­dows

You prob­a­bly missed it, but 31 March this year was World Backup Day (­backup We can’t see it ever ri­valling Christ­mas Day as a day of cel­e­bra­tion, but it does serve as an im­por­tant re­minder that we’re all po­ten­tially just one hard-drive fail­ure away from los­ing our most pre­cious files. And you have to ad­mire its pledge: “I solemnly swear to back up my im­por­tant doc­u­ments and pre­cious mem­o­ries on March 31st”.

We store thou­sands of doc­u­ments, pho­tos and other files on our com­put­ers and de­vices with­out re­ally think­ing about it – at least not un­til we start en­coun­ter­ing prob­lems. Run­ning out of space af­fects pretty much every­one at some point, and it can be a mas­sive has­sle – not to men­tion a worry – when you need to de­cide which files to delete to make more room.

Even more of a con­cern is the prospect of los­ing data. If you’ve ever tried to open an im­por­tant doc­u­ment only to be greeted by a page full of gib­ber­ish, or if you’ve ever switched on your com­puter and come face to face with noth­ing but a blank screen, you’ll be fa­mil­iar with the unique feel­ing of cold, dark panic that sets in when you start to re­alise that an im­por­tant file – or in­deed ev­ery­thing on your hard drive – may be gone for­ever.

You can in­sure your­self against these prob­lems, but it’s also easy to make mistakes, giv­ing you a false sense of se­cu­rity. In this Miss­ing Man­ual on PC storage and backup we rec­om­mend the es­sen­tial tac­tics for keep­ing your files safe, and re­veal the er­rors to avoid.

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