Lamar from Los Angeles:
Whenever you offer advice which causes any alteration in a PC you religiously say to backup/save our work. But I don’t know exactly how to do this. How do I backup something? If I’m not in the midst of an operation what is there to back up? I’m kinda dense so please explain.
Good question. We do suggest this often when we write our tips. But it’s not as complicated as you think.
Backing up just means saving a copy of everything that you have done on the computer up until this point. This means to save any files, folders, pictures, music, documents: anything that you created yourself and would hate to lose. In some cases, you also want to create a backup of your computer exactly the way it is before you make the changes, such as if you are making changes to the registry with a registry editor.
Backing up, then, simply means to save it to an external location or drive, such as a flash drive or external hard drive, or even to a separate partition of the drive in some cases. This last choice is not the best, because if something you change affects the entire hard drive, a partition may also be wiped out. But it is an option.
To do the backup, you can use Windows built-in backup/file history program, you can use many of the free backup software options out there or you can simply just copy your files directly to that drive. Just make sure you have a large enough drive or enough empty space to save all those files.
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