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Backing Up Your Files Using Comodo Backup

written by: Steve Mallard•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 8/15/2009

Want to learn how to do a backup? This tutorial shows how to backup files on your Windows-based system to a mapped network drive. Comodo is free software that has many backup methodologies. With Comodo, you can backup to another external hard drive, a network drive, an FTP site or wherever.

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    It is important to backup your files and folders. Everyone has pictures, music and documents that they could not live without. Comodo offers a free solution to help protect your valuable files and is easy to configure. You can find the application at: Comodo Backup. Comodo's version offers dozens of features ensuring your data is protected.

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    Protecting Your Files

    One of the most asked questions, is "How do I backup my computer?". The answer is easier than most people think. You can backup to an internal hard drive, external hard drive or across a network. In a previous article, we discussed how to map a network drive. Generally this is the safest method to backup. This type of backup ensures that if your computer is damaged, your files will be intact on a separate computer.

    Network backups are efficient and allow for your data to be stored on more than one computer. The safety and security of the other computer is very important. When backing up files, you must make sure that the other computer is safe and can only be accessed by users that you trust.

    External hard drives are very fast, inexpensive, and mobile. Because external hard drives are mobile, this presents a security issue in itself. On the positive side, other than the aforesaid mentioned items, the data can be moved and locked away.

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    Comodo Backup

    Comodo backup is a very versatile and complete program. This program is fast, easy to configure, and efficient. The best part of the program is that is free. Comodo allows for schedules to be set and allows for individualized configuration so that independent folders can be picked and backed up. This software also allows for compression, ftp to offsite, and an email notification for reporting.

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    Configuring the Backup

    • Open Comodo Backup.
    • Select File and New Backup.
    • Type in a Name for your Backup.
    • On the Source tab, click add item.
    • Select Folder, Files or Your Outlook File.
    • Next select the Destination Tab and select a folder on your external drive or your mapped drive.
    • Go to the Options Tab and select Full or Incremental. (It is suggested you do a full backup first and then switch to incremental.) A Full backup backs up your selected Files and Folders and Incremental (later) backs up the changes.
    • You can go to email and put in your email information or you can compress. Compression will save you disk space; however, my recommendation is not to compress. Why? If you lose a file, all you have to do is go to your storage area and copy it back if you are not compressed. With compression, you must uncompress, find the file, copy and then recompress.
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