Why Backup matters: In the eyes of APW, backup is the most important computer habit; hence, it comes as the first section of this site. To answer the question why backup matters, think of these very common computer scenarios: - Your computer does not want to start anymore. What's wrong? - Your computer is acting very badly and suddenly. What happened? - You installed some zany program that never wants to leave your computer. Is it a ghost? - How about a virus that you cannot get rid of? And even if you think you did, you are not so sure. - Are you afraid of your emails and certain web sites? Should you fear your own computer? - Is your computer experience less enjoyable than it should be? The most comforting answer and solution to these questions is: BACKUP.
What is Backup? Quoting Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the word "backup," in computer terms, means: "A copy of a file, etc. that can be used if the original is lost or damaged." See also Wikipedia's definitions: Backup - Drive Image. There are two major forms or methods of backup, both of which APW covers: 1-System backup: In this method and using a backup software, you make a copy or an image of your system drive, usually the C drive, into another location, which we are going to name the D drive from here on. If your system crashes or becomes messed up beyond repair, you can revert to your backup and restore it. This method save your computer and you from some headaches. And depending on your system speed and the size of your system data, it should be a breeze in no more than 15 minutes. In this page, APW covers the hardware recommendations for the efficient backing and restoring of your system as well as three of the best system backup software, with the pros and cons of each. It also gives some sound backup tips. 2-Data backup: In this method, you back your personal data such as, documents, music, email, browser profile, etc. APW teaches how to do this without the use of any external software. You should only have to do this once by changing the default location of your personal data from the C drive to the D drive. In this page APW covers some of the best practices in data backup to include how to backup: Windows Folders, such as My Documents, My Pictures, Mu Music and My Videos. Firefox Profile, where bookmarks, extensions, cookies, etc. are stored. Google Chrome Profile, with its settings. Microsoft Outlook, including emails, contacts, etc. Here, APW Also covers how to back up your personal files using synchronization and some of its best software.