File safety

Keep your pho­tos, videos and doc­u­ments se­cure

Windows Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

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.

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