Keep your photos, videos and documents secure
Losing files after a disaster hits because you didn’t back them up is a hugely frustrating experience, but fortunately it’s one that can be avoided easily. To create
a backup, purchase an external storage drive (which obviously has to be larger in size than the data you want to store on it). You can simply copy your files across to this disk manually, of course, or you can set up File History in Windows. To do the latter, ensure the drive is connected to your PC, and left-click the Start menu, then click Settings. From there, click Update & Security and navigate to Backup on the left. See the ‘Add a Drive’ button next to the big ‘+’ sign? Click this. Windows will scan for available drives on which to back up, and you should select the drive you want to use from the list it brings up. The OS will now get to work and you’ll soon be done; an On toggle button will appear to show that the feature is active and automatically backing up your files (and will continue to do so as long as the drive is connected). If a physical drive doesn’t suit you (maybe you’re worried about a fire, for instance, or the possibility of the backup disk corrupting), then there are plenty of
online backup options you can use as an alternative. Backblaze (www.backblaze.com/) has received some very good reviews and comes with various tiers suitable for single PCs right through to businesses. Alternatively, you could simply use a cloud storage locker like Dropbox or, of course, Microsoft’s OneDrive, which is tied in directly with Windows 10.
Whichever online option you choose, do be warned that sending all your files over an Internet connection could be a slow process – although that obviously depends on the quantity of files you have, and the speed of your broadband. Also be careful if you have data allowances on your broadband plan. It can be a good idea to have both a local backup on an external storage drive, and a further online backup – even if the latter only holds critical files and not everything.