How to Back up a Computer

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Back up a Computer
These days, more and more people are using computers to store memories, important documents, and various other bits of information that may need to be kept for long periods of time. Backing up a computer is essential for keeping long term (or even short term) documents around.

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Steps

  1. 1
    Decide on the proper backup media for your needs.
     Decide on the proper backup media for your needs.
    Decide on the proper backup media for your needs. CD-R, DVD+-R, tape, hard drives (internal and external), online, and flash drives are all great choices, but the right tool for the job is always best. Do some research on the advantages of each, and choose the one which will best suit your needs

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  2. 2
    Choose a back-up application. For personal computers, there are many options. If you are using Microsoft Windows, there is a back-up application built in (Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Backup). You can also use third party back-up managers, ranging from small programs to full online backup services. Mac OS X has the Time Machine back-up application built in. If you use a flavor of Linux, there are many open source options available in repositories for all of the major distributions.

    Choose a back-up application.
     Choose a back-up application.
  3. 3
    Prepare your back-up device of choice.
     Prepare your back-up device of choice.
    Prepare your back-up device of choice. If you are using a hard drive, it's best to use it just for back-up purposes. Make sure whatever you are using is ready to accept the back-up.
  4. 4
    Open your choice of application, select the files you wish to keep, select the media where you will be saving the back-up, and start it up.

    Open your choice of application, select the files you wish to keep, select the media where you will be saving the back-up, and start it up.
     Open your choice of application, select the files you wish to keep, select the media where you will be saving the back-up, and start it up.
  5. 5
    With Apple's Time Machine, just plug in your volume. A window will pop-up asking you if you would like to use it to back-up. Click yes, and Time Machine will do everything else for you.

    With Apple's Time Machine, just plug in your volume.
     With Apple's Time Machine, just plug in your volume.

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