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Make Backups of your Computer Files Now

Leave your office with peace-of-mind,
knowing that your data is safe!

Updated September, 2008


Be Safe, Not Sorry: Protecting Your Data

Have you ever had that terrible, sinking feeling when you no longer have access to the important files on your computer?

What if everything on your hard drive vanished one hour from now? Reasons for loss of files can be a failed hard drive, theft of the computer, fire in the office, or a multitude of other pitfalls. Just about everyone has experienced the devastation of losing data; if you haven't yet, it's only a matter of time until you do. Please prepare now. Consider it good insurance practice.

The following backup information will help you prepare for such disasters by teaching you what it means to back up your data and how to do it properly. When it comes to the data on your computer, an ounce of prevention is worth tons of cure. Now is the time to prepare. Read the information below, take the free course, and see what we recommend as an easy solution.

How to Make Computer BACKUPS that Work!

When looking for a backup system for your business or personal computer, look for:

  • security
  • ease-of-use
  • reliability
  • cost

After a considerable amount of research, Pacific Websites has now found a reliable, cost-effective method of providing secure, easy-to-use, daily backups of computer data. With the increasing danger to losing essential business information (theft, the latest virus, computer failure, etc.), the best method (and easiest-to-use) is automatic, "off-site" backups.

Automatic Online Backups. No need to remember to backup - it’s automatic. No need to remember to take tapes, CDs, or DVDs home – it’s already offsite. No worry about hardware or human error. And, you can backup online nightly, so there’s no interruption to your busy workday. It’s convenient and easy-to-use.

Click to read more about "off-site" backups

Backing up your most-used files is a smart idea. However, there are other files and information on your computer that should be backed up in case of a total failure of your computer.

"From my own experience of a fairly major, partial data loss, I was surprised at how many settings happen in the background that I was not aware of. Backing up this "other" information can really help get back on track. I wish I had known what I do now about the importance of regular backups, and what to backup."
John W., Oregon, USA

Tips: What to backup onto
a CD, DVD, or "Off-Site" 

  1. Outlook Express: your email files, including the  mail messages and address book. It's always a good idea to remove any files that you no longer need before backing up, to reduce the backup file size. Example the "Deleted Items" folder - you can "empty" it, but it will still be in the backup unless you go into your Email program's storage area and delete it from there. It will still be in your Recycle Bin until that is emptied, but doing this first will reduce your backup size - and cost.
  2. My Documents – usually, everything in here should be backed up on a regular basis. If you are short of backup space, eliminate the unnecessary, non-essential files. Or, do an incremental backup.
  3. Your Desktop: C:\Windows\Desktop or C:\Windows\Profiles\<YourUserName>\desktop, where <YourUserName> is your Windows log-on. Disadvantage of using the Desktop  as a location to put things is that they are usually forgotten about when it comes to backing up
  4. Internet Explorer Favorites: C:\Windows\Favorites - not really necessary, but could be handy.
  5. MS Word spell-check dictionary and settings…
  6. If you first backup to a temporary backup folder (on your computer), then burn a CD or DVD, go back and remove the temporary backup folder. You'll save space on your computer.
  7. The easiest way to do backups on your computer is the have an automatic program send your data to a remote backup location, once a day. Find out more here:

How to Reverse an Email Backup (reinstall files)

To restore or transfer the .eml files:

    1. Open Outlook Express.
    2. Select the Outlook Express folder where you want the .eml files restored.
    3. Minimize Outlook Express so an icon for it appears in the taskbar.
    4. Open up the folder containing the backed up .eml files.
    5. Select the .eml file or files you want to restore. You can select several, or all, of the .eml files. To do this, select one .eml file. Then, hold down the CTRL key and select other .eml files. The .eml files you select should be highlighted.
    6. Position the mouse over the highlighted .eml files.
    7. Press and hold down the left mouse button.
    8. Move the mouse down so the cursor appears over the taskbar icon for Outlook Express, and leave it there until Outlook Express opens up.
    9. Move the mouse cursor into the window pane where e-mail is normally displayed.
    10. Release the mouse button. When you do this, the e-mail should be appear in Outlook Express normally.

Backup Notes

Here are some of Digital Dan's Recommendations:

Recommendation: Check to see if the backups actually work. On my computer, the backup CD/RW only reads on the drive that created them, which is poor practice if that drive ever crashes. It works on my "E" (read and write) drive, and not on my "D" (read only) drive, even though both are the same brand, LG, and on the same computer.

Recommendation: Backup your "system drive" to your recovery CD or online backup system. This is where you will really benefit when you have a complete crash, you will get all your programs' "personal" settings back.

Why bother with the hassle of doing it yourself? Here's an easy way to have automatic daily backups of your computer, securely sent over the Internet to a remote location - all automatic, all safe and secure. It doesn't cost much, considering the time and frustration that can happen. The prices start at about $10/month. Consider it an insurance policy. Discover the easy-to-use, online backups we recommend: Automatic Daily Backups.

So Easy, You Can Just Set It Once, And Forget About It. It’s simple to schedule your online backups to occur automatically each night, so you don’t have to worry about it. Your data will be safe, secure, and easy to access. No worry about human error - or technical failures. Automatic Daily Backups.

Here are a few trouble-shooting tips to get your automatic backups up and running properly:

  • Make sure your computer is left on at night and not in sleep or hibernate mode;
  • If you are running firewall software (Norton, McAfee, Panda, Zone Alarm), make sure it is permitting Remote Data Backups to run.
  • Make sure the Remote Data Backups icon appears in the lower right corner of your screen (in the system tray);
  • Make sure Remote Data Backups is able to open your Internet connection (especially if you have a dial-up, such as AOL or MSN). Click “Backup Now” on the backup software to see if it will open an Internet connection. If not, you will need to open your Internet connection prior to performing backups;
  • Make sure all your programs are closed when the backup is scheduled to run.

Have you ever wondered what you would do if a virus deleted files on your system? What if your hard drive failed or a power surge during a lightning storm destroyed your hard drive? If you start thinking about what you would do after a problem occurs, it's probably too late. Your Internet favorites and bookmarks will be gone, e-mail addresses, family history and pictures, your thesis and your final report? All lost.

Is there anything more important on your system than the information you invested time in creating? So, why risk losing it?

One recommendation is for you to add additional storage media and a software backup application to your system. Then you can automatically backup and save your data as part of your regular computer maintenance routine. Taking this preventative measure can reduce your stress level when your important information is suddenly gone. Find the best options to fit your time, budget and experience level.

FREE Course about Computer Backups

The most important value of your computer is your data. The hardware can be replaced, the system and programs can be easily reinstalled  but your data is unique. In a professional environment your contacts, contracts, databases, emails, reports, accountancy, etc. are essential to the ongoing viability of a business.

In a personal environment can you imagine everything on your computer lost forever? The countless hours you spend filling your hard drive with work, photos of family and friends, emails, financial records, downloaded music and other important documents are irreplaceable and can never be fully recovered -- if you are not protected.

Data can be lost for a lot of reasons : hardware failure, viruses, spyware, and human errors, or they can be stolen or burnt in a fire.

1st rule: Backup often and earlier.

Don't wait to back up. Depending of your computer activity, backing up data every month is not enough. In professional usage, you must back up your data every day and even several times a day. For home computing, at least once a week.

Backup can be done transparently when you schedule it.

2nd rule: Backup or copy data to external devices.

Never backup data from C:\ to D:\ when C and D are 2 partitions on the same disk!

Using external hard disk in combination with network drive is a good strategy. You can copy data to an USB drive through the Backup-2006 Studio Synchronizer and back up those data to a network drive. But don't forget to place the external device in a secure place when you leave your office.

3rd rule: Encrypt your strategic backups

...especially when data is backed up or copied to an external device or removable medium. Someone may find a lost disc and that someone could be your competition or your worst nightmare!

4th rule: Check the disk partition system.

(Applies only if you use this method) Often users are ignoring the disk partition in use. FAT32 limits the file size. You can use Windows XP but your disk partition can be a FAT32. Never move a file > 2 (Windows 9x/Me) or 4 (Windows 2000,NT,XP) GB from an NTFS disk partition to a FAT32 one. The archive file will be corrupted.

5th rule: Don't build gigantic backup sets.

Creating an unique backup set on the root of your main drive (e.g. C:\) is not recommended. A backup software is not a disk image software. The best solution is to backup to a remote location, off your computer and out of your office or home.

6th rule: Never never remove data from your computer without checking the status of your archive backup files.

Now is the time to backup your computer files automatically!

FREE Course about Computer Backups


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PLEASE make a backup plan for your data and files on your computer now."It is not a question of IF your hard drive will fail, but it's a question of WHEN it will fail. All you can do is to be ready when it does fail by having a copy of all of the files on your hard drive saved away from your computer."
- Gene Barlow, Hard Drive maintenance expert and author of 'Backing up your Hard Drive'

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These notes are meant to be a guide only, and Pacific Websites, Alan Pattinson, and any associates cannot be responsible for any errors, omissions, or damages as a consequence of using the information contained on this website. Exercise caution when reading anything on the internet. But please get a backup system working NOW, rather than too late. Disasters, accidents, and theft can happen anytime.

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