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 documents around.
Method 1: Backup a PC (Windows 7, 8 and above)
1. Get a backup drive. This can be just about any USB external hard drive, and you can get them at most electronics stores. Try to get one that has twice as much space as your computer, so you have room for multiple backups and so you have room for all the data you might get in the future.
2. When you first plug it in, Windows will actually ask you if you want to use it as a backup. You can just go to the Start Menu, type “backup” in the search box, and hit Backup and Restore.
3. From there, click the “Set Up Backup” button. Pick the external drive you plugged in and hit next. Windows’ default settings are probably fine, so you can just hit Next and the next screen too.
4. On the last screen, hit “Save Settings and Run Backup”. Windows will make its first backup of your drive, during which you don’t want to turn off your computer. After that, it’ll make regular ones in the background as you work.
Method 2: Mac (OS X Leopard and above)
1. Get a drive. This can be just about any USB external hard drive, and you can get them at most electronics stores. Try to get one that has twice as much space as your computer, so you have room for multiple backups and so you have room for all the data you might get in the future.
2. When you plug in your drive, your Mac will ask you if you want to use that drive as a backup disk. Hit “Use as Backup Disk”.
3. From Time Machine’s preferences, hit “Select Backup Disk” and choose your external drive.
4. That’s it! OS X will perform its first, and from then on it’ll back up in the background with no work required on your part.
Method 3: Linux
1. From the search bar, just type “backup” to bring up preinstalled options. I’ll be using Simple Backup Suite.
2. From the first tab (General), tell Linux how often you want to perform a complete back up and what format, if any, to use for compression.
3. Select the Include tab to add files and directories.
4. Make sure to select the Destination tab to pick your storage location. As with any other backup, you’ll want it to be as secure as possible.
5. Click the disk icon at the top to save your settings, and then click the drive icon to back up your files. The first one will take a while, most likely, as will future complete backups, so you may want to schedule them for downtimes.
Method 4: iPad
1. Connect the device to a computer with the most current version of iTunes. This will be the location where your data will be backed up so be sure that the computer can be used for this purpose.
2. Go to the File Menu.
3. Select the Devices submenu and click €Backup€.
4. Choose your location. To the left, you can choose whether to save to the cloud or to the computer.
5. Click €Back Up Now€. You’re done!
Method 5: Backup a Galaxy Tab
1. Navigate to the Settings app.
2. Select Accounts and Sync.
3. Ensure that all of the items you want backed up are selected. Be aware that you can only backup certain items this way.
4. Click the green sync button, located near your Google account name. This should sync the items. When you are done you can select €back€ to return to using your device.
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