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Top 10 file types to consider when creating a Digital Back-up
The modern, digital age has seen the ‘shoe box full of documents’ being replaced by Personal Computers. As we lead more and more of our lives via this digital media, the need for a robust back-up strategy becomes increasingly important.
PC manufacturers recognise this and often include backup software with new machines, frequently with cloud back-up options. Without doubt though, the simplest and cheapest option for storing a backup of your PC’s important information, is to create a back-up on an external hard drive – but what files should you back-up and how should you store them?
Top 10 file types to consider backing-up;
- Photos – Put simply, these life moments are irreplaceable, so it’s imperative to duplicate them.
- Music – You’ve spent years collecting your favourite albums. Don’t put them at risk by not retaining a copy.
- Videos – As with photos, recreating these in the event they are lost is practically impossible.
- Documents – Anything important you’ve created; business documents, wedding plans, personal journal, or even a copy of your will.
- Health & Financial records – If you keep a budget, or manage your insurances via a spreadsheet, you’ll definitely want a copy of these.
- Emails – Depending on how you’ve set up your mail client (Outlook, etc.), emails may not be stored on the mail servers once you’ve downloaded them to your PC. Don’t forget to include a backup of your email address book too.
- Internet Favourites – Your browser bookmarks and other settings can be easily restored from this back-up.
- Downloaded Software – More and more software is available by download only, with no installation disks required. Lose these installation files, and you’ve lost your favourite applications.
- Drivers – Bit more technical one this, but drivers are what make the various parts of your PC function. You may have got a Recovery Disk when you purchased your PC, but it will only contain a basic set of drivers. Keeping a copy of the most up to date drivers is good practice.
- Saved Games – Spent weeks advancing through a complex game? You wouldn’t want to lose your progress for ever would you?
A Vintage Safe Book is a great way to store the external hard drive once you’ve completed your back-up
Once you’ve created your back-up, the personal nature of the information on the drive means you will want to find somewhere secure to store it. Remember, you should be refreshing your back-up on a regular basis to ensure it’s up to date.
A Vintage Safe Book is the perfect, inexpensive product to hide your hard drive; safe from prying eyes, but within easy reach. We have a huge range of safe books that will suit this purpose, so have a look through our shop.