Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
When you have problems with your pc or laptop it can be too late to save everything. Even if you have the time you usually forget something. Those you usually remember after the drive has been replaced or formatted and everything is long gone.
Let's say windows is acting up or your hard drive or computer isn't doing too well so it is headed into the shop to get fixed. The tech says they may have to format or replace the drive. They usually won't remind you to back anything up. They just warn you they may wipe it out. If you had the time and everything was behaving you could so a complete backup. I've never seen anyone actually want to do one of those until the computer was having problems and by then it is way too late.
The easiest way to do this is by using the files and settings transfer wizard. It is located under the system tools folder on your start menu. This will get most of what you need but you want to check. Simply run it and select the old computer option then it will ask where to save to and it will also let you look and change what file type it backs up. It may not get everything important so check.
When you back up file while there is a problem you can't count on the machine so you need to prioritize and get the important stuff off first. Once that is safe then you save off files that are annoying to replace but can be with a bit of work. And last you want to backup things that are annoying such as favorites and email addresses.
So what you need to do first is backup important and irreplaceable files. These are things like letters or documents you have written, perhaps pictures. Think about the files that the programs and you have spent hours or more creating or you cannot replace. Those are the things you want to save off first.
Next you want to save things like address books, favorites and other types of things that you generate while using the computer. Email addresses are not hard to replace over time but it can be annoying if you can't find one if you need it right away. Favorite web sites are easily saved but if you spent hours looking for something and just stumbled across what you need it gets rather annoying to try and find it again. If you do a lot of searching you know just how hard it can be to find the same page. The idea is to look at each program you use or thing you do on your computer and the look at what you need to save off. Somethings can be more important to you so you may want to save them off earlier.
Programs are never important you can always install those again.
There are somethings you may need to export instead of copying off. This will export or save things to a file and then you just copy the file off to somewhere safe.
So as you look at this you should see that you want to save things off in priority. If the drive or computer keeps on working fine, but what if it quits and all you had saved was a few funny emails. You will not be a happy camper to say the least.
If you are not connected via a network to another computer then the best thing you can use is a USB flash drive. These are fast, cheap to buy and can hold a lot of stuff. It is worth going over this once before you have problems so you get an idea of what and where to find things. Much easier and way less stressful while the computer is running properly.
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