| By Ian “Gizmo” Richards |
There are so many backup options available that it’s difficult to decide which is the best.
Of course, you have to figure out which files you need to back up before you can determine the best method for doing so.
Are you backing up all the files you need to?
When people think of “backup,” most of them focus on their Word docs, spreadsheets, e-mail, and other application files. These are certainly important, but there are a lot of other vital files on your PC.
Your bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords are examples of such files — not to mention the key settings in your application programs, such as the account information for your e-mail and FTP clients. The list goes on and on.
The best way to identify your backup needs is to imagine that you’ve bought a brand-new PC. Ask yourself: “What information would I need to move to that PC so I could work efficiently?”
This is not a theoretical exercise; if your current PC gets stolen or fails catastrophically, you’ll find yourself in this exact position.