Backing Up and Restoring Files

Your PC’s hard drive may be very reliable, but it’s not totally immune to virus attacks, hardware malfunctions, or human error. Because of this, you should back up all the files on your PC, or at least the files you can’t reasonably recover without a backup—data files, e-mail messages and addresses, digital photos, your video or music collection, and so on.
I recommend purchasing an external hard drive for your PC and backing up all your irreplaceable files to the external hard drive at least once a week. If you go on a trip, take the backups with you and leave the originals at home, or vice versa. (If you don’t have an external hard drive, you can back up files to recordable CDs or DVDs or an internal hard drive.) ...

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