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How to Easily Back Up a Windows 10 PC?

By Viktor Budnik | February 27, 2020 |

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Everyone loses data at some point in their life. If you do not regularly back up your computer, you could lose those files forever.

Computers have become an important part of our lives. They keep our personal data as well as memories that we can’t dare to erase. From financial data to memorable events, our computers have become our personal vaults. However, at times, computers can lose all of your data without leaving a trace of recovering it. This can be due to a malware attack, hard drive failure, or software bug. If you don’t regularly back up your computer data, then, you may lose your files forever without any hope of recovering them.

Backups shouldn’t be a stressful process. At this point, you have heard of a number of computer backup solutions. However, the struggle is in finding the one that is right for you. You also need to decide on the type of files you wish to backup as storage can as well limit or determine what you can back-up.

When it comes to backing up stuff, in most cases, it’s all about your personal data. The reason being, you can’t recover it from anyplace else. Either you guard it or risk having it lost permanently. When you are listing things that you need to backup, personal data will always pop up first. You can always redownload your favorite music and movies but you just can’t replace your personal data with anything. So, before you decide to back-up anything else, make sure all of your personal data is sorted as it is something that you can lose forever if your hard drive fails.

Your personal data which includes homemade videos, photos, documents, and other items stored on your PC should be backed up on a regular basis. These are the files and folders that can’t be replaced or downloaded from anyplace else. You may as well want to back up some of your hard-earned data such as ripped CD audios and DVD videos. Backing up these files will save you any future hustle of having to go through hours of doing the same to obtain your audio files and videos.

If space is enough, you may as well back up your software, OS, as well as other settings of your PC. Although you don’t necessarily need to back them up, it can make your life easy when you’re your hard drive fails entirely.

How to Back Up Windows 10 Files

There are various ways of backing up files with each method carrying its pros and cons. The main purpose of this article is to help you understand all the methods and possibly come up with better judgement when selecting the one that best suits your needs. Therefore, take your time, and go through these methods and if possible, dig deeper to understand more about the solution you select.

External Hard Drive Backup

This is one of the easiest methods to use when backing up your PC. It is also less expensive as you only need to buy an external hard drive if you don’t already have it. With an external hard drive, you can simply connect it to your USB and use the built-in Windows 10 features to back up your system. On Windows 10, you use a feature called File History. Mac customers can use a feature called Time Machine to back up their files. From time to time, you can leave your external hard drive connected to your PC and set the system to auto back up.

Advantages

✔️ The method is cheap to use

✔️ It is fast and easy to use as well as safe as it does not the involvement of an outsider

Disadvantages

❌ You may be at risk of losing all of your data stored in your PC and back up drive due to theft or fire disaster

❌ You may be at risk of losing all of your data stored in your PC and back up drive due to theft or fire disaster

Over Internet Back UP

To ensure your back up files are safe, you can back them up over the internet. There are a bunch of internet services that offer backup solutions and some of them offer their services at reasonable prices. The likes of Carbonite who charge a monthly fee of $5 are a notable consideration. What happens with these services is that a program is installed into your Windows 10 PC and it will run silently on the background. It will perform a backup automatically keeping your back up data up to date. Your files are backed up to remote Web storage and you have little to none to contribute your energy towards the backup process. If you experience a problem with your computer and lose your files, you can simply restore them from the web storage.  

Advantages

✔️Internet backup keeps your data safe against any type of data loss such as fire disasters, natural disasters, theft, as well as other means you can possibly lose your data at home

✔️You don’t have to do much as the service will automatically back up your data without needing your input

Disadvantages

❌ This type of service requires money with charging per each backup session while others demanding a monthly fee

❌ The initial backup may take longer to complete

❌ The service only works if your computer is connected to the internet

Back-Up to Cloud Storage Service

Although most of the IT purist will say this isn’t really a backup solution, to many, it serves in quite a similar way and to be frank, if it serves the purpose, why not use it for that purpose. Instead of keeping files locally in your PC, this service stores them in a cloud-based drive. Services like GDrive, Dropbox, as well as OneDrive to mention a few automatically keep your cloud-based drive synced to your PC(s). In any case, your computer crashes and loses data, you can still access the copies of your files in the cloud-based drive or on other computers that are connected to the drive.

Advantages

 ✔️ An easy to use method

 ✔️ Usually comes free of charge

✔️  You can backup important files from all of your computers into one account

✔️  Protects you against all types of data loss

Disadvantages

❌ Limited space offered for free

❌ Accepts certain types of files which makes it complicated than a straight-up backup program

Although both cloud-based and internet backup services seem to be working in a similar manner, there is a huge difference in how one can benefit from them. At the end of the day, it is all about the one that satisfies your needs. For instance, backup over internet services focuses on keeping large files and restoring them as they were in case you lose data. On the other hand, cloud-based services are designed to sync files in-between computers while offering limited space for free. Depending on the amount of data you wish to backup, the other can appear cheaper and convenient for you.

Which One Should You Choose?

Well, if you really care about your files and value them a lot, the best advice to give is to use them all. Why? Simply because you need them both. Onsite and offsite backups are a necessity. The onsite backup is fast and doesn’t cost a penny beside the once-off expense to buy an external hard drive. Therefore, you should apply it as your first line of defense.

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