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    HELP please to Backup my computer

    Pathetic, I know. But I really have no idea how to do this.

    My laptop died today and I lost all the data. So i'm really worried about the same thing happening to the family computer.

    Grateful if anyone can tell me how to backup and also how to retreive the data after I have backed up.

    Many thanks

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    PPlug in an external hard drive and click and drag your home folder onto it then unplug your ext hd and put it somewhere and do this once a month

    I think there are dedicated programs that will make this process better but i know of none for windows

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    Proximo;1685226

    PPlug in an external hard drive and click and drag your home folder onto … PPlug in an external hard drive and click and drag your home folder onto it then unplug your ext hd and put it somewhere and do this once a month I think there are dedicated programs that will make this process better but i know of none for windows


    Acronis True Image is the best software for backing up. I have used quite a few and this is great. £15 for version 10 on ebay.

    csiman;1685323

    Acronis True Image is the best software for backing up. I have used quite … Acronis True Image is the best software for backing up. I have used quite a few and this is great. £15 for version 10 on ebay.



    I would second this, Acronis is probably the best out there at the moment.

    If its just your important files you are wanting to back up, there are numerous online storage options, mostly free.

    PC World offer one, GMail offers 1GB of storage on your emal, just create an account and email yourself the files you want to keep a copy of, extra bonus is they are accessible anywhere.

    This wont work if you want to back up a lot of music etc, you would need to follow Proximos advice and go for an external HDD or write a lot of DVDs.

    Hope this helps.

    Bourne9482;1685331

    If its just your important files you are wanting to back up, there are … If its just your important files you are wanting to back up, there are numerous online storage options, mostly free. PC World offer one, GMail offers 1GB of storage on your emal, just create an account and email yourself the files you want to keep a copy of, extra bonus is they are accessible anywhere.This wont work if you want to back up a lot of music etc, you would need to follow Proximos advice and go for an external HDD or write a lot of DVDs.Hope this helps.



    the max file size to post on googles gmail is only 10mb so it would be advisable to rar and split the files into 9mb sets

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice guys. Rep left.

    Any recommendations on what make and size of external HD to get?

    Couple options, Maplin have had some good deals recently, just do a search through the recent deals, alternatively ebay - to be honest for the use that it would get (by the sound of it) a cheaper one would be fine.

    raptorcigs;1685388

    the max file size to post on googles gmail is only 10mb so it would be … the max file size to post on googles gmail is only 10mb so it would be advisable to rar and split the files into 9mb sets



    You can get plug-ins for firefox which allows you to use your gmail account like a ftp server. So you can put files >10mb on. You can't send them to another email but they will be stored on there.
    With gmail no longer an invite only registration, you can make multiple accounts for more storage.

    I recommend an external HD drive though. Faster, unless you have a few files and a fast upload speed.

    Also, you might be able to find a program to salvage and restore files that have been accidentally deleted or lost from a HD, even if it has been formatted since or if it is corrupted.

    A very good program which does this on a mac is ]FileSalvage. I've used it to restore thousands of photos from a HD that I accidentally formatted.
    I don't know any for a PC though.

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    Great drive here for £60:-

    Western Digital Elements 500GB USB2.0 External Hard Drive - Retail



    ebuyer.com/pro…465

    I would partition the drive so that you can use each partition for each PC you propose to backup.

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    csiman;1686781

    Great drive here for £60:-Western Digital Elements 500GB USB2.0 External … Great drive here for £60:-Western Digital Elements 500GB USB2.0 External Hard Drive - Retailhttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/128465I would partition the drive so that you can use each partition for each PC you propose to backup.



    Thanks for that. Grateful on any advice on how to partition. :-D

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