Easy way to backup your computer


For many years, I used an external hard drive to backup my laptop computer. About the size of a paperback novel, the hard drive had one cord connected to a power source and another cord connected to a USB port on my laptop. A few weeks ago, the hard drive started making a weird whirling sound. After checking the contents of the hard drive, I discovered that it had not completed an automatic backup. Time to get a new backup system.
 
The plan
 
A flash drive, a small device to store data, is what I use to share data or pictures with friends. I decided to buy two USB flash drives to backup my laptop. I can keep one backup in a secure place away from home for safekeeping in the event of fire or theft at home. My plan is to periodically swap the flash drives to ensure more up-to-date information is stored away from home.
 
SanDisk
 
I chose SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB Flash Drive. Shown below, you can see how small the drives are and how the USB connection slides inside the device for storage when not in use.

 
I added up how much space I needed to backup all of documents, pictures, and favorites. That came to about 15 GB. I chose to purchase 32 GB SanDisk flash drives to accommodate additional data.
 
The backup
 
A computer using Windows comes with a backup setting. I tried that approach but was not pleased with the results. I chose a free backup software called FBackup to make a ghost of the folders I choose. Download the software FREE! Using the "ghost" backup, I see the full document or picture on the flash drive, making it easy to pull out a specific piece of data. With FBackup, I get automatic daily backups and the same time.

In response to a reader's question:

I chose to update my data daily, and because of that, I leave the flash drive in my computer. You can, of course, remove the flash drive after the update. With Windows backup service or with FBackup, you choose the time and the frequency, such as daily, weekly, or monthly.