Backing Up Your Laptop’s Data

A Short Article on Backing Up Data : Remember to Click on the Mozy Button on the Left to Learn About Free Online Data Backups With 

There are many different ways to back up the data on computers, and laptops. How we do it here at Seattle Laptop is very simple. The administrator makes a folder on a drive on our secure network, and then names the folder the date, and the computer being backed up. For example 121206quickbooks would be the name of the folder we back up our quickbooks data to. (when I back up our quickbooks accounting software, I usually back it up to two different drives on two computers other than our server just in case) We then copy the data needing backed up into this folder, whether it is our company documents, templates, database, or quickbooks file. This method of backing up is very easy, since we have a secure network, and it is easy to delete the old backups when they have been replaced with more recent ones, saving hard drive space.

The secret is to put all the data that needs constant backups in one folder. I suggest using the My Documents folder for everything. You can just copy the whole folder to an external hard drive, a hard drive on your network, or burn it to a DVD or CD. It does not take long once you get used to doing it. Just remember burned CD’s and DVD’s have a problem going bad after being stored for a number of years, so this method is not 100% failproof. If your data is extremely important, I suggest backing it up to multiple devices, disks, and online.

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When you begin to accumulate a lot of music, videos, or pictures there is an easy way to be sure it gets backed up without using huge amounts of disk space, or dozens of DVD’s.


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