Part of your basic computer security contingency plan is to have a backup. This is true whether you have a desktop or a laptop. But if you have a laptop, a backup is significantly more important. Why? I'm glad you asked.
Having a computer that is small and portable presents its own special challenges. First of all, like any computer, data on the laptop can get corrupted from various reasons. This can happen if you lose power while the computer is in the middle of writing data to disk, or if your hard drive crashes. And, unlike desktops, laptops have a much higher chance of being lost or stolen! If it is lost or stolen, you probably have 0% chance of recovering your data if you don't have any backups.
In either case, having a backup of your irreplaceable data would be a "godsend." Wouldn't you agree?
With this in mind, this article answers the question "how do I backup files on my laptop?" There are many different ways. This article will:
- Give you ideas on what files to backup
- Help provide you with ideas on how to do basic manual file backups
- Explain how to automate your file backups
- Explain how to automate your file backups using "in-the-cloud" on-line storage solutions
- Show how to use a hybrid approach to backup your files.
This article will introduce you to some backup concepts and ideas, but will not discuss their actual procedural use in detail.