Q&A – How often should I backup my computer?
A. That’s a big question. It depends on how often you use it and how much you can afford to lose.
The thing to remember is that if your PC hard drive dies, you’re only as good as your last backup. So if that was last year, then you’ll have lost everything between now and then.
That’s assuming of course that your backups actually work.
The most important thing though is to actually check your backups and see if they work – if they don’t, then they’ll be absolutely useless when you have to rely on them so check them before you need them.
If you generate lots of files during a week, I’d back up weekly. If less, then monthly.
The thing is you want to back up all of the important files that would cost you either time or money or both to replace. And especially those files you can’t replace at all – like family photos.
The next big question is what do you back stuff up to but I’ll assume you have that worked out.
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