How to Back Up Files on a Laptop

Backing up files on your laptop is important. In the event of hard drive failure or you lose your laptop it will give you a copy of all your files.There is a backup application in Windows, that offers a more solid on going backup routine under accessories> system tools, but this is somewhat technical and is best for managing a more robust ongoing backup routine. The following steps are quick and easy for not so large files that never change.

Steps

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    Insert a blank DVD into your laptop's DVD Writer.
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    Open up your DVD burning package. Any software will do.
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    Select Data DVD as your disc type, a window will appear.
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    Drag all your important files (pictures, documents, presentations, emails etc.) onto the disc until it is full. You may need more than one disc to fit all your files on.
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    Insert a suitable title like Backup 1/1/2010 and then press burn.
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    Repeat these steps again using another disc until all the files you want have been backed up.
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    Label the discs and store them somewhere safe.

Tips

  • You may wish to make copies of your disc(s) and distribute them in different places (ie. shed, friend's house etc.) so that if you have a house fire you will still have your files.
  • If your laptop doesn't have a Disk drive then you could use a USB Flash drive and simply drag and drop your files onto that.
  • Back up at least once a month.
  • Don't buy the cheapest discs you can find. The 30 for £1 offer won't sound so great when your disc(s) are broken when you need them.

Warnings

  • Backup at least once a month to ensure all your latest files are included on your disc.
  • Store your disc(s) away from where your laptop is stored. If your laptop is destroyed in a flood or house fire your disc(s) will probably be destroyed as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD or DVD
  • Laptop with DVD Writer
  • Important files

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Categories: Laptop Maintenance and Repair | System Maintenance and Repair