If you don't backup your computer then there's a real chance that you could lose your documents and photos. It's something that every computer owner should do on a regular basis as computers can and do stop working at the most inconvenient time.

Only yesterday a customer said that his laptop was displaying a message that said:

Boot Device Not Found Error or Hard Drive Not Detected

I explained that it was likely that the hard drive in his laptop had failed. I also explained that he may well have lost all of his documents and photos if he didn't have a backup. 

Sadly he had never backed up his computer and was worried, he used his laptop for his business and all of his important documents we on there as well as the important passwords. 

How to backup your computer

The easiest way to backup your computer is to make a copy of all of your important documents, photos etc onto a memory stick (flash drive) or external hard drive. You can currently buy a SanDisk Cruzer 64GB Flash Drive for less than £20 from this page at Tesco Direct. If you have a lot of data to backup then a 1TB external hard drive can be found here for around £60.

Once you have bought somewhere to store your documents and photos, making a copy is quite easy. Connect your flash drive or external drive to a spare USB port on your PC or laptop and make sure that it has been recognised. You can check this by navigating to your 'computer' from the file explorer at the bottom of your screen on a Windows computer.

You will normally see the Windows (C:) drive and a DVD drive (D:) (if installed) plus the make of your flash drive or external drive such as SanDisk, Toshiba, Seagate etc with a different letter against it, possibly (E:).

Make a copy of your documents and photos

Now it's time to make a backup of your documents and photos. Go to wherever you keep your important files and right click on a folder or file that you want to make a copy of. You will see a dialogue box and one of the options in 'Send to', move your mouse pointer down to this and another dialogue box will open.

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This box will display a range of options but you will want to select the drive where you are going to backup your computer documents and photos. 

You can see the Seagate drive (F:) listed at the bottom of the box. 

Move your mouse pointer down to where the drive is listed and right click.. If all goes well, your selected files or folders will be copied to the backup drive.

Remember to backup your computer on a regular basis to reduce the risk of losing your documents and photos.