Data loss is one of the mostly costly IT disasters that any individual or company would last want to incur. Statistics show that 91% of companies have had to file for bankruptcy after a ten-days repetitive data loss. Data loss and corruption in most companies is as a result of negligence and ignorance on the part of the management and employees. Most people for example are continuously opening up email attachments even though their sources are questionable. Others are ever downloading and installing trial versions of softwares without even trying to update or activate their anti-virus programs.

Data backup and recovery is one of the simplest computer problems that you do not have to pay for even if you are not an IT specialist. All you have to do is follow simple computer wizard guided steps and in no time the problem will be solved without paying lots of bucks to remote tech support companies that enjoy ripping off your hard earned cash by solving simple data backups that could be solved even by the dumbest computer dummies.

In this article, we shall go through an easy diy computer project to explore how data back up should be done. Since most organizations use windows as their operating system, our diy on data back up and restoration will be based on Microsoft windows 7. If you have any other version of windows, you will realize that the steps are almost similar.

Backing Up Data

  1. Click the start button in the launch screen. Go to control panel, system and maintenance then click on the back up and restore utility.
  2. If you are backing up data for the first time in this computer, click on set up back upĀ If it is not the first time, wait for the scheduled backup to occur or create a new backup by clicking on back up now. If asked to provide for the computer administrator password, kindly do so.
  3. The backup wizard will then ask you what you want to back up and where to store the back up Kindly specify.


Note: It is always good to back up your data in external, removable media like DVDs, CDs and tapes since they can then be kept securely.

Once the back up is through, you are shown a report of how the back up progressed. If it was not complete, you could always restart it.

How To Restore Data

To restore data that was previously backed up, follow step (1.) above. For step (2.) however, specify that you want to restore backed up data from the location you backed it up. If the data was backed up in a removable media, you should insert it into the computer for restoration to take place.

It is important to note that any data backed up in tapes, DVDs and CDs should be tested lest your company loses data only to realize during recovery that the back up does not work. So any time you back up your data, ensure that you test the back up copy. With such an easy diy computer project done regularly and daily, you can bid farewell to IT disasters related to data loss.

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