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Beginners guide to data backup recovery

Beginners guide to data backup recovery

Many people have never heard of data backup recovery. Data backup, sometimes called “data back up, “is the process of copying data so that if something bad happens to your computer that causes your data to be lost or destroyed, you can recover it from a copy. Something bad can include deleting files by accident when trying to sort through multiple folders at once, forgetting you entered in some sensitive information on a web page and clearing it when closing the browser window accidentally, or having your laptop bag stolen out of the trunk while you are at work.

Data backup recovery can take many forms and you can use salesforce data backup recovery You could pay an online service company like Carbonite to make copies of your important file for you periodically (every hour, every day) and keep the backup on their servers until you cancel your subscription. If you do not have a subscription, it is possible to make copies of your data yourself to an external hard drive or network storage that is connected to the computer at all times. Online storage would require a monthly/yearly fee if you choose a paid option, but there are other free options.

Be ready for any scenario 

The key to being prepared for potential data loss scenarios is following one simple rule: Always have a copy of your files somewhere else. This means even if you delete something, the file still exists on another device.

This article will go over what data backup recovery can take, from simply sending your files off to an online service provider every once in a while to making your backups to a laptop hard drive, uploading files onto the internet in a cloud storage service, and more.

Before we get started on how to back up our data, let’s go over what you need before anything else.

A device that is going to save all of your files. This could be an external hard drive, DVDs, flash drives (also called “thumb drives”), or even a USB memory card for full-sized SD cards from digital cameras like the ones shown here:¬†

Those look like this

You can buy these at virtually any department or office supply store; Walmart carries them too. What size should I get? Make sure it is big enough! For most people, 1 terabyte (TB) will be enough to store all of the files they want on their backup device for years, but you can also get 2 TB  or more if you wish. 

You could choose to go with a bigger external hard drive like this one which holds 5 TB, or even download one of several free programs that hold all of your data in the cloud in secure servers. If the device is not connected to the computer when it is turned off, none of your files will be backed up until it is reconnected! Make sure you have access to this device every day, so everything keeps getting back up without having to remember what to do with any old backups.

A way for this device to connect to the computer. This will be a USB cable to connect your device to a USB port on your computer, so you will need an extra one if the model you have cannot plug in multiple places. All of the files you want backed up need to be saved in a folder or directory. Some people might have several folders with lots of different types of data saved in each one, but for this guide, we will assume the user only has one folder called “My Documents.” You can always create new folders inside this directory later, but at least have it open and ready when trying to follow these instructions.

Here is how to begin 

All right! We now know what we need to make copies of our data if something bad happens to it, so let’s get started! Make a copy of a file onto the backup device.

Open Windows Explorer by going to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories and run “Windows Explorer.” If you have trouble finding this, type in “explorer” into the search bar at the bottom.

In Windows Explorer, go to “My Documents,” which should be located under “This PC” if not already showing. If you cannot find this, type in “%userprofile%” into the address bar and hit enter. This will give an exact path where you can find all of your user files on your computer.

Find a file or folder inside My Documents that you want to copy to the external hard drive, then right-click it while holding down the Shift key. If this option does not appear when you right click, go to Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> Uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types,” and uncheck “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object.” Then try again.

Next, select Copy Here. This will create a copy of the selected file or folder inside your My Documents directory on your backup device (see screenshot below). You can also paste it here if you want by pressing Ctrl + V instead of copying and pasting.

Make sure that file gets copied onto the backup device

If you open up Windows Explorer, you should now see the file or folder listed twice in this directory. One with a small arrow pointing to it and one without an arrow. Make sure both of these are present! If there is only one, right click on the second copy and select “Cut,” then go back to “My Documents” and open up Windows Explorer again. Now click into the backup device directory that contains your copied file from step 1, then click into that directory until you find a blank space where you can paste your file in from step Paste it here.

If, for some reason, something has gone wrong with copying files onto your external hard drive, check out this tutorial for how to fix problems like devices not showing up when connected to the computer or files not showing up inside the backup directory.

Backup your entire My Documents folder onto the external hard drive

Copy all of your files and folders that you want backed up into a single directory within My Documents on the backup device, just as we did in step one. When copying a folder, be sure to right click it while holding down the Shift key so that everything inside is copied instead of moved. Files will have an arrow pointing towards them while folders do not.

Repeat this process until every file and folder under “My Documents” has been copied over to your backup device! Congrats! You are now successfully backing up data. The reason I told you to create a new directory for