Backing up your computer is absolutely necessary.  If you can’t afford to lose a file, back it up. See my blog BACKING UP YOUR COMPUTER.


There are many hardware choices for backing up your files. I like External Hard Drives because of their large capacity. For partial backups, USB Flash Drives are convenient and portable.

Backing up to The Cloud has the advantage that it is offsite. It won’t be lost if disaster strikes your house or office.


External Hard Drives

  • These connect to a USB Port.
  • Can be used on Windows PCs and Macs.
  • Capacities from 500 GB to 4 TB (4,000 GB).
  • Good for backing up all your files.
  • Many have automatic backup software.

USB Flash Drives

  • Connect to the USB Port.
  • USB A Flash Drives can be used on Windows PCs and most Macs.
  • Micro USB Flash Drives can be used on Android Smart Phones and Tablets.
  • Lightning USB can be used on iPhones and iPads.
  • USB C can be used on MacBooks and 2017 MacBook Pros.
  • Be sure to get the one that fits yours device.
  • Capacities from 4 GB to 128 GB.
  • Good for saving your most important files.

The Cloud

  • This is a server bank of the corporation giving the service.
  • The Cloud is someone else’s computer.
  • Don’t put anything out there that you would not want your mother to see.


PC Magazine Best External Hard Drives of 2017

USB Flash Drives

What is the Cloud and Where Is It?




IT IS ALL GONE! This wasn’t suppose to happen to me!

Backing Up your data is very important. In Tech Support we have a saying, “It isn’t  IF your hard drive is going to fail, it is WHEN will it fail”.

I advise making more than one backup. If something happens to one backup, you will have the second.

The general rule is keep 3 backups: Grandfather, Father, Son.

  • Grandfather is the oldest backup.
  • This is the backup that you overwrite.
  • The Father backup then becomes the Grandfather.
  • Make sure all your backups are good before overwriting.
  • Overwriting a good backup with a corrupt file is not a good thing.

Storing Your Backups

  • Don’t keep you original and backups on the same computer.
  • If possible, keep one copy in another location, like your work.

What Should I Back Up?

Files that are important to you. Examples:

  • Photos
  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • XML files

Backing Up Program Files

You cannot backup program files without special software. You need Image Software to back up your whole hard drive.

Keep your original install disks or download keys in a safe place. You will have to reinstall your programs.

Backup Your Computer Password

Make a Reset Password Disk for your Windows computer. Most people skip this when first setting up their computer. Microsoft does not keep track of passwords. There are very few legal ways to find lost passwords. If you forget your password, you have lost the contents of your computer.

How To Create Password Reset Disk Windows 10


How To Create Password Reset Disk Windows 7


What is Imaging Software

Best Imaging Software

PC Magazine Best Backup Software of 2017