How Do You Backup Your Computer? 💻💾😌 DIY in 5 Ep 94

How Do You Backup Your Computer? 💻💾😌 DIY in 5 Ep 94

All right. My Tron meets Lord of the Rings fanfic is
almost complete and ready to share with the world! Seriously, this took me 3 years. I’m… Wait, what?! No! Nonononononono! I-I am sure that I backed it up! I’m sure that I backed it up! I backed it up, right? Please tell me I backed it up! Oh god, why didn’t I back it up!!!??? Hello there! My name is Trisha Hershberger and you are
watching DIY in 5, the show that takes technology and simplifies it down
into easily consumable bites. Today we’ll be going over some of the simplest
ways to back up your computer. This way, in the event of a hard drive fail,
malware attack, or unexplained chronic BSOD, you can breathe a sigh of relief and know
everything will be just fine and back to normal in just a few minutes’ time. If you find the tips in this video useful,
please go ahead and like this video and subscribe to the channel
so you don’t miss out on any future tech tips. Let’s start off by looking at what exactly
needs to be backed up. Of all the files on your computer, your personal
files are the most sacred. These are the home videos, photos, music collection,
and important documents that would be difficult or maybe even impossible to replace. Personal files should be backed up often. You can also back up your operating system,
programs, and other settings if you’d like. Now these can be re-downloaded or re-installed
but having a more comprehensive or even full system backup will save you some time in the
event of a computer emergency. There’s a few different ways to back up your
system and they can be either online or local. I recommend you have at least 3 copies
of all important files, the original, the backup,
and the backup’s backup. A combo of local and online access to files
will protect you from 99% of potential data loss. A local, or onsite, backup is one kept physically at your
location, like backing up to an external hard drive. It’s faster, easier, and much more secure,
provided that the physical drive remains intact and in your possession. Windows provides a simple solution to back up
your data — called Windows Backup and Restore in Windows 7 or
File History in Windows 10. First, make sure you have an external drive the same
size as the internal drive you are backing up — or larger. Keep in mind, SSDs will be faster and last
longer than traditional hard drives. Then, type the word ‘backup’ in your search
bar, and choose backup settings. At the top of the screen you’ll see
“Backup using File History” and you can use the + button to tell your PC which drive
you’d like everything backed up to. You can then customize the backup to take
place as often as you like. For my Mac friends out there, you can go to
System Preferences, Time Machine and choose your backup disk. You can then set it to run hourly updates and make a
copy of any changes to your chosen hard drive. This is an extremely simple method, but note
that it keeps backups until your hard drive runs out of space, then it will rewrite the
oldest data. So, you may have a difficult time if you need to access a backup
from, say, a few months ago. An offsite backup is any time your files are stored
somewhere other than your current system location. Technically this could be a hard drive you
keep at a friend’s house, but more often it means backing up your system online. Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, or OneDrive
are convenient, low-cost options that have sync options to automatically
sync your most important files. Depending how much data you want to back up,
you may need to purchase a data plan. You can use your chosen storage platform’s
software to set your preferences, and as long as you are connected to the Internet, your
data will be backed up according to your settings. For my uber hardcore security minded folks
watching, there is a more comprehensive way to back up your entire system known as a
disk image or ghost image, and you will need
specific software to do this. There are free options like Macrium Reflect
and EasUS Disk Copy for hard drives 1TB or less, and paid options like
Acronis True Image out there. If this sounds like something that you need,
as always do your research, read reviews, and find the right backup and
recovery software for your needs. So, be honest, give me a show of hands: How many of
you actually back up your computer regularly? Wait, you guys?! REALLY?! And you work in tech! It’s ok everyone, now’s a
great time to get started. A few minutes of your time could save you
from potential disaster. Do you, out there, have a ‘forgot to backup’
disaster story that you’d like to share? Please leave it in the comments and we can
all commiserate together. As always, thank you for watching DIY in 5
and I will see you next time!

35 thoughts on “How Do You Backup Your Computer? 💻💾😌 DIY in 5 Ep 94

  1. as i scroll through the people I subscribe to not being in the mood to watch any of them today and then I see her thumb nail..hey now..

  2. Just use cloud to AUTO save at least important documents and personal media (videos you record, pictures you take etc…) ahem… OneDrive for window 10. Ahem…

    I backup my stuff very frequently

  3. Another fine showing. I backup my Turbo Tax returns. Then I needed one and I just had the icons. Now I check to make sure the data is backup. thanx Trisha

  4. Underrated channel!! Kingston should spend a few bucks to advertise the channel.
    Ubisoft goes steam BYE BYE always on DRM

  5. I'm not one of the sheeple, you can't fool me, even if you have twice as much hair around you're shoulders. I know what you are.
    And don't exaggerate with you're signs and symbols every 5 seconds.

  6. I am totally lost in this digital age. I had about 24 thousand wildlife photos that took me 18 years to gather,. my computer crashes so I took it to a repair place………. they got it running again but a little more than 16 thousand photos were gone forever.
    They told me I should back up the remaining photos …… I went to a Best Buy store and they advised me to get something called a Seagate external hard drive. I watched a video how to drag and drop photos to the drive for backup.
    After selecting all the remaining photos it had only copied 34 photos after running for a full three days so obviously these backup things don't work. I took it back to Best Buy and they would not return it because the packaging had been opened !
    Tough to lose $90 to retailers that lie to senior citizens that can barely afford to spend the $ in the first place. 😣

  7. Love the video!
    I'm a backup nut.
    1. File History and Edge Favorites on D: and an external HDD.
    2. C: SSD drive cloned to a 2.5" SSD and stored in a fireproof safe. (One of the first SSD's I bought in 2010.)
    3. Files from D: (music, personal photos & videos, downloads) copied to a 2nd 2.5" SSD from 2010.
    4. Lightroom drive E: (40K+ photos) is synced an external HDD.
    5. A second clone of the Lightroom drive is stored in the fireproof safe. This drive is re-synced after every major addition.
    6. Completed photos are copied to another external HDD, keeping originals on the Lightroom drive (E:)
    7. Being an "old school" guy, I still have a Blu-Ray burner and a load of blanks .., and I know how to use them!
    8. A drawer full of USB Drives that I use for computer builds and traveling.
    9. I hate trusting my files to someone else and have been reluctant to use Cloud Storage. But am giving it a try for My Documents. We'll see how it goes.
    Yep, I'm a nut. Have been since my first computer in 1978. I once spent 6 hours typing machine code into a keyboard only to have the power hiccup just after I finished. Never again!

  8. Backups are needed not just for computer failures, but also user errors such as inadvertent deletions that you couldn't undelete or unwanted editing that you couldn't undo. Before a major edit, I always make a copy just in case. For files edited frequently, I back up daily or weekly. For files that are rarely changed, such as home videos and photos, backing up once is often enough (still need 3 minimum copies like Trish said). I find backing up emails to be the biggest challenge. It involves downloading your emails to a local client like Thunderbird, then backing up that data. I saved all my emails (both received and sent) from Yahoo, Gmail, Live, and a few other domains from all the way back to 2002, and you don't want to know how much time and work needed to accomplish that. If you need to do backups for your friends and/or family who can't do it themselves, oh boy, it's practically a second job.

  9. The power port on my Windows laptop is acting up. Trying to figure out how to backup all my files before it becomes unaccessable to me and have it ready to ship for repair. I guess it needs to be fully up to date in order to use FileHistory.

  10. I just bought a new laptop and someone asked me if I backed up the old one. I was like…. huh? What? How?🤷‍♀️

  11. Read more about backing up your computer:

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