If your computer crashed and you lost ALL your documents,
photos, music, Outlook email, browser bookmarks, etc., how long
would it take you to rebuild? If there's nothing too critical,
then no worries. But...
What Software & Hardware Should I Use?
There are a few options here, but the best one is to go out
and buy an external, USB hard drive. This simply plugs into
a USB port on your computer. Then you can use software in the
links below to back your data up to the external hard drive.
really great local, back-up hard drive is the
Transporter 2.0 by Connected Data, Inc. It costs about $200,
and it will sync-up all your devices. It works like DropBox or
Google Sync, but it's at your house, not in the cloud
(off-site). There are no monthly subscription fees and it's 100%
private. Buy two of them and keep one at home and one offsite
(say the office) and you have redundancy back-up!
Set your backup software to make one full update, and then
incremental nightly backups (or whatever's reasonable). How much
data can you miss if your computer goes down tonight? Also, set
the timing for the backup for a time that will not interfere
with you using your computer (after midnight).
If you use a product like
Transporter 2.0, then your data is continually backed-up and
you really don't need to think about it.