Why need backup files?
With the widely application of the computer, the data files seem to be more and more important to us for its convenience. Most of time, we use electronic documents instead of paper documents because it’s convenient for us to keep, and we also download music and videos on our computer, it seems that everything is perfect. However, when you suffer system breakdown and you have to format your hard disk even reinstall the system, you will feel troublesome more or less. You may ask if there is any good method to avoid this kind of circumstance? Of course, the answer is Yes. The simplest way to solve this problem is to backup your important files. The purpose of backup is to make sure you have a copy of your files in a safe place in case of a serious computer problem. Moreover, backup even saves your more time and money to recreate the files and data.
Where to save backups?
Local backup is to backup your files to internal hard disk of your PC. This approach is commonly adopted by personal users because it’s very easy for them to handle. But one thing you should remember is that the backup files are still taking up the computer storage space, so you’d better put the backup to other place in case your computer runs slowly for the insufficiency of storage space. Where you save your backup depends on the hardware that you have available and the information that you're saving on your backup. For the most flexibility, we recommend that you save your backup on an external hard drive.
- External hard drives: an external hard drive can easily be attached to your computer using a USB port. It can hold lots of backups. We recommend that you use an external hard drive that holds at least 2TB. External hard drives can be stored in a location that's separate from your computer, such as a fireproof safe, which can help protect your backups.
- Writeable CDs or DVDs: many newer computers have CD or DVD burners installed in them. CDs and DVDs are relatively inexpensive and are easy to find in most department and electronics stores.
- USB flash drives: USB flash drives are relatively inexpensive and can hold a fair amount of data. To save a backup on a flash drive, it must be able to hold more than 1 GB. You can store a flash drive in a location that's separate from your computer.
- NAS (network attached storage) device or shared network.
How to back up files with free backup software?
As for files backup, many people who are not good at computer operation may think it’s a hard work. Actually, it’s not as complicated as we imagined. With the help of some backup software, we can easily complete the process of backup. Free AOMEI Backupper Standard is a good helper, which is dedicated to help you back up files on computer. The operation of AOMEI Backupper Standard is very simple.
Step 1: Under the "Backup" tab, select the "File Backup" option.
Step 2: The "Task Name" can be renamed so that it can help to distinguish backups from each other. Choose files or folders that you want to back up by clicking "Add File" or "Add Folder". You can back up several files or folders at the same time. Then, select a location to save backups. If you want to schedule an automatic files backup, please click "Schedule Off", after that, a setting window will pop up. When everything has been set up correctly, click "Start Backup" to perform the backup task.
Step 3: Wait until the operation is complete. Click "Finish" to exit the interface.
This files backup software is totally free. You can try it without any fee and then consider buying other version such as Professional Edition, Server Edition and Technician Edition with more functions.
In conclusion, files backup is of great importance for all the users. If you have not backed up the files, you would be regretful when there are something bad happen. As a powerful and free backup software, AOMEI Backupper can help you to figure out all these problems excellently. You can free download the freeware or trial version to have a try.