With a few clicks, you can automatically backup your data with Windows.

Why Backup Your Data?

Anyone that has used a computer regularly, has experienced some sort of program crash, power failure, or the dreaded computer crash. All come with the loss of data and time, and costing you money. These are just the issues we face in today’s technology driven world. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your data from loss.

Anyone Can Configure Windows to Backup Data

All versions of Windows have a user interface for setting up automatic backups with just a few clicks. You can customize the system to backup daily, weekly, continually. You can designate the target drive such as an inexpensive backup drive you can attach to your PC. As of this writing you can find backup drives for as little as $75 with 1 terabyte of storage!

How To Backup Your Data

There are several options available to set your data backups on automatic. As I said, Windows has a built in user interface for setting this up. Look for Windows Backup or Backup in the Start menu, do a search or even look in the Control Panel. Point the target drive to your local external drive or a network drive.

Beyond Windows Backup

With the growing popularity of the “cloud”, many cloud-based backup services are becoming available and affordable. So in addition to backing up your data, this will add an extra layer of security in being stored remotely. What’s the advantage? If you’re doing local backups to your external drive and there is a fire at your home/office, your system and backups may be destroyed. Storing your backups remotely removes this issue from the equation. Dropbox, Drive, Carbonite…these are popular options on the cloud.