THE MISSING MANUAL PC STORAGE & BACK-UP
The 22 BEST WAYS to regain lost space and keep files safe
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 ( www.worldbackup day.com/en). 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.