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The one-minute guide to backing up your PC

Thanks to the wonders of technology, backing up your computer has never been easier. Let’s get right to it.

First you need to decide what you want to back up. Do you want to back up everything, or do you want to back up only irreplaceable files? This is important because backing up everything is convenient, but it takes a lot more space. If you don’t mind re-installing your operating system and programs, your irreplaceable files and photos are often significantly less data, hence quicker and cheaper to back up.

We recommend you start with backing up your irreplaceable files immediately, and work out other solutions as you become more comfortable with the process.

Next you have to decide between local backup and online or “cloud” backup.  Initially we recommend online backup because it is the most reliable for most people, particularly if you are just backing up your critical files. If you wish to back up your entire computer, you will need an external hard drive (or two) at least as large as your current drives.

Next you need the software to do it. Windows 7 and Windows 8 have some built-in tools for local backup, but they don’t handle online backup like the pros do. Our KeepVault software easily enables you to manage your local and online backups in one place.

And that’s it. Install the software, follow the simple configuration prompts, and you’ll be backed up in no time.

Now congratulate yourself, because there is something really gratifying knowing you aren’t vulnerable to harmful data loss.

(Photo credit numb3r)

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