Business or Pleasure?

Your backup strategy will depend upon how valuable your information and programs are to you. Do you keep the company's tax records or just your collection of music files?

Here are some basic guidelines:

Storing your files

  • If you are on a corporate network, store all files that are generated or manually created in a common folder on the network. (Your IT department will backup the servers and all data in these directories)
  • If you are not on a corporate network, store all your generated and manually created files inside the Documents folder, make subfolders to organize your files.
  • Make sure any emails you wish to keep are also stored in the Documents folder. (I created a subfolder to store the data files in.)
  • Write down all settings you need to restore your connection to the internet. (Such as telephone number, tech support number, IP address, DNS numbers, and user name / password combination). Store these in your Documents folder. (Again, create a subfolder for these items.)

Backing up your files

  • Copy your Documents folder to a re-writable drive (external USB Hard Drive is best), or use a backup program to store these files to your re-writable drive.

You notice how simple this plan is? Store all your files in the folder called Documents and just backup that folder. Everything in it will be saved including all the subfolders you have created to organize your files. 

Here is an example of a well organized My Documents folder:

Documents
     Hardware Updates
          Videocard
          Soundcard
     Personal
          Resumes
          Program Keys
     Software Updates
          Zone Alarm
          Roxio Easy Media Creator
          Games
     Taxes