PC Backup Options

by on August 28, 2007

Q: My computer is sick and needs to be taken for repair. I want to copy my hard drive to a back up. How can I do that?

A: The most efficient way to backup your hard drive would be to copy its contents to another drive. If you have an external USB hard drive, you can plug it into your PC and use an application like TeraCopy or Syncback SE to copy the contents of your hard drive to the external USB drive. Both of these applications will ensure that a healthy copy of your files is placed on the destination drive.

If you do not have an external hard drive, but you do have a CD or DVD burner, you may choose to burn copies of your data to CD or DVD. If you have a large amount of data, it may take a lot of discs and a long period of time to finish your backup. If your PC has a second hard drive with enough space to accommodate a backup of your files, you may also choose to copy your files to that drive. Just make sure that you instruct the people who will be repairing your PC not to wipe the data from that drive.

Alternatively, some repair companies also provide backup services. Before you drop off your PC for repair, you should ask if they will be able to backup your hard drive before attempting any repairs or maintenance. There may be an additional cost, but it could be less expensive and less time consuming than your other options. If your PC cannot boot into Windows, having the repair company back up your data may be necessary.