When was the last time you backed up your computer? If you have automatic backups set, do you check them on a regular basis? Have you ever tested your backups by trying to restore some of your files?
It’s not enough to set your backups and forget them. You would not believe the number of times I’ve encountered backups that were “definitely” good, only to discover they were blank or missing or had never run in the first place. Don’t wait for an emergency to find out your backups don’t work!
I recommend that you make extra backup copies to keep in a secure offsite location. If you use a cloud-based backup, you should also keep a current local copy of your data in case of emergencies. The following resources will help you configure and maintain your backups.
- Windows 8.1: What Happened To Backup And Restore? (via Microsoft)
(Describes how to reset or refresh your PC, how to back up and restore personal files, and how to use System Image Backup.)
- Windows 10: Back Up And Restore Your Files (via Microsoft)
- Mac: Use Time Machine To Back Up Or Restore Your Mac (via Apple)
- iPad and iPhone: How To Back Up Your Devices Using iCloud Or iTunes (via Apple)
- Android: How To Back Up An Android Phone Or Android Tablet (via PCAdvisor.co.uk)