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Play it Safe: Most Important Files to Backup

Play it Safe: Most Important Files to Backup

By RossBackup (536 words) | Posted in Data Backup Tips on August 15, 2014

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Your PC is full of files ranging from personal information to entertainment and memories of past family events. It can be difficult to know just what you should be backing up because everything that is stored on your computer feels like an important file. The following serves as a guide for what files might be missed most in the event that you lose data.

Personal Information and Family Photos
In our digital age, we take tons of photographs, but very rarely store them anywhere but our computers. You may have a selection of your pictures on various social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram, but in the event of data loss you do not want to be stuck with just a small amount of your family's memories. Using a cloud storage system to backup your photographs provides insurance that if your PC crashes for whatever reason you will still be able to cherish the memories you have made.
Photographs are so important to have, but there are other personal items that you might not initially think of adding to a list of files that you want to backup. Some people create detailed budgets and expense reports in addition to maintaining files of other pertinent financial information. If you have these types of files on your computer, it is critical that you back these up. In addition to financial records, some people find it helpful to create detailed health records that may include allergies or any prescribed medications. Be sure to back these files up as well in order to keep your personal information safe and easily accessible in the event of the unthinkable.

Music, Videos and Game Information
Chances are you have a vast library full of music and movies. Paying for all of that entertainment was not cheap, and you want to be able to access your information should your computer fall prey to a virus or hardware failure. Back up your entertainment files often.
Computers are not just for work, they are also a great source of pleasure and many have multiple games available for play. PC games are so much fun to play, but it can be incredibly frustrating to finally reach your goal only to have your computer crash and find that you have to do all of that work again. Make your games more enjoyable by backing up information so you can easily pick up where you left off.

Documents and Downloaded Software
Whether the documents on your computer are research papers, lists of personal contacts or an electronic journal, you are going to want to be able to access your files in the event that your data is lost. Backup your documents often to ensure you always are able to retrieve any personal documents or templates you have stored on your computer. Lastly, be sure to backup any downloaded software, especially if you have paid for it. Computers fail for a large variety of reasons and you want to be sure that you are able to easily retrieve important information from that which is business related to your personal information. 

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