How do I backup my computer?

There are three steps to developing a good backup plan

1. Know what to backup

There are several folders that are common repositories for files. The most common we'll list here:

Folder/Data Windows XP Location Windows Vista and 7 Location
Windows Live Mail Contacts C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Application Data\Contacts C:\Users\User Name\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows live\Contacts\Default\15.4\dbstore
Windows Live Mail E-Mail C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Windows Live Mail C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail
My Documents * C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\My Documents C:\Users\User Name\Documents
Favorites for Internet Explorer C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Favorites C:\Users\User Name\Favorites
Videos * * C:\Users\User Name\Videos
Music * * C:\Users\User Name\Music
Pictures * * C:\Users\User Name\Pictures
Desktop C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Desktop C:\Users\User Name\Desktop
Outlook Account Settings HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\ Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\ Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook
Outlook Data C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Microsoft\Outlook
Outlook Signatures C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures
Outlook Express E-Mail ** C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
Outlook Express Addresses ** C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book C:\Users\User Name\Contacts
Mozilla Bookmarks C:\Documents And Settings\User Name\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile name\bookmarkbackups C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile name\bookmarkbackups

* Contains Pictures, Music and Videos in XP, separated out in Vista

** Renamed Windows Mail in Microsoft Vista

2. Have a good tool to backup.

While there are many ways to backup there are several vital traits in a good backup program.

For a walkthrough of setting up Syncback, read our Syncback backup tutorial

In some cases a complete image of a drive can be more useful, particularly when data isn't the priority, but rather recovering without having to reinstall programs. Drive Image XML is a great tool for automating this process.

3. Perform REAL tests of your backups by recovering data

If you followed step 2 this will be quite easy. First, browse through to a frequently accessed location on the backup, such as your My Documents folder. Then, find a file that you changed recently and open it up. If you didn't follow step 2 then be prepared to discover why most people ignore the single most important step in backups. Recovering files with a custom system can be arduous at best. Never, ever, ever trust logs. I've watched many people in shock at the discovery that they lost all their data. They could not believe it because: "the logs said my data was backing up just fine". If you can't see it with your own eyes, it's not happening. No exceptions.

Need help? Contact us any time.

Our technical staff is available to assist you with all your hardware and software needs.

Tips and suggestions provided to you by Computer And Network Support, LLC

Legal Disclaimer

Keywords for our site:
Arlandria. Corel WordPerfect Office X5 OS X 10.5 Leopard Virginia Alexandria, VA Systems Integration 22306 Intuit Quickbooks Pro 2010 Microsoft Office 2000 22315 Mac Troubleshooting Computer Help Alexandria VA 22314 Microsoft Word 2007 Help Microsoft Office 2003 Tech Support Laptop Help. Microsoft Office 2007 Information Microsoft Excel 2007 Tutorial. OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Support Remote Help. 22303 Computer Repair 22315 PC Help Springfield Fix My PC Metro D.C. Area 22302 22312 Networking Support Burke Computer Repair Alexandria VA. Crystal City Microsoft Office 2010 Computer Repair 22314 Microsoft Exchange Server On Site PC Help Fairfax County 20032 Laptop Setup Microsoft Windows 7 Help PC Troubleshooting Google Mail Belle Haven. VA. Google Apps 32 bit processor Washington DC GMail Features. 22304 Computer Help 22314 Systems Integration Hotmail EMail and Windows Live 22202 Computer Repair Alexandria VA Driver Installation Computer Help Alexandria VA. Paradox Washington D.C. 64 bit processor Alexandria VA Corel WordPerfect. Personal Computer Remote Computer Troubleshooting Computer Training Mac OSX 22305 Unix. Computer Help Alexandria, VA. IT Consulting. OS X 10.3 Panther Advertisement Removal and Malware Removal. Google Android Ubuntu Microsoft Windows XP Professional Microsoft Windows Vista Computer Repair PC Repair Laptop Repair Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows 98 Computer Repair 22307 Computer Repair Alexandria VA Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Server) Computer Repair 22306 Anti-Virus Software and Virus Removal. 22060 OS X 10.4 Tiger 22307. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Linux Support Computer Repair Alexandria VA 20745 Fort Belvoir Arlington Microsoft Outlook 2003

Last updated: 8/10/2013

Web page unique ID: 945050

Main Page