Backing up your important files is a must. But where should you save them? A reader asked: “I have a separate hard drive on my computer, where I back up my important files. Is this a safe form of back-up? – I mean, is it immune in the case of a malware or virus attack on my C drive?”
I’m assuming you’re talking about a separate internal drive. If that’s the case, the answer is, unfortunately, no. Ransomware could still shut down your PC or a virus could still find a way to infect every drive on your device. Also, you’re not protected from a device failure. If the power supply or motherboard go out on the PC, your files and drives could still be inaccessible.
Important files should be backed up externally. I’d also suggest backing them up off-site as well. Either use a cloud account or put them on drive and store them somewhere like a safe deposit box. The reason I suggest this is because there could be a natural disaster, fire, or theft. Any external drive stored in your home could be lost as well.