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Tech Tip #86: Back up Your Computer

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: I’ve had some virus problems and it reminds me that I need to back-up my computer. What’s the easiest way?

A: Use Windows Backup function. Here’s what you do:

  • Click the start button.
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Select ‘Backup and Restore
  • Select ‘Backup Now’

From there, you’ll select a drive with sufficient space and start. Be forwarned: If you have a lot of data, it takes a while. You can work on your computer while it’s backing up; it’ll just be slower.

A note: This is the same location you’ll go to restore from back-up if you have a problem.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 thoughts on “Tech Tip #86: Back up Your Computer

  1. Just an FYI – this doesn’t help you if your hard disk gets totally fried or if you lose your computer/if it gets stolen. In that case, you want to buy an external hard drive, back up to another computer, or back up to the cloud. Try DropBox if you just want to upload a few important files.

  2. Yes, I use Carbonite too! Lost a laptop to a dead HD a few years ago. Thankfully lost nothing because I had an ext HD, but it still serves as a reminder that you never want to go there!

    • My tech guru recommended it. I didn’t sign on until my hard drive started crashing. It takes days to back everything up–what a shock! One other thing (besides that I feel my back-ups are now secure) I like about Carbonite is I can access my home files from anywhere by logging into my Carbonite account. Pretty cool.

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