There are various ways by which you can safely back-up your documents, emails, software’s and other important files that are on your home or office computer.
The various ways you should back-up your personal computer are:
* clone your computer PC: You can use disk imaging tools like acronyms true image or drive image xml, to create an exact mirror image of your hard drive. the tools will even back-up your systems files and programs setting, so you can easily restore the computer to a working state in case your hard-drive crashes.
* create a virtual machine: Microsoft offers a free utility called disk2vhd to help you create a virtual machine of your window personal computer. You can copy the virtual machine file to another computer and access programs, documents and other files using Microsoft virtual pc or any of the free virtualization software’s.
* use an external drive: You can attach an external hard disk to your personal computer or Mac computer through the USB port and use the built-in software to back-up all your important files and folders automatically. These devices are sleek, portable and some have fire wire ports so the data transfer happens at a much faster rate.
* if you are using window 7 you don't really need any of these tools as the operating system itself has a back-up tools that will let you create systems images at any point in time. You can store these snap shots on another partition of the same hard-disk or you may use an external drive.
* Back-up to another computer: If you have two or more computers connected through a home network, you can use the hard disk of one computer to store the data of another computer and vice-versa. Microsoft sync tool is an excellent program that can help you keep folders across computers in sync with each other, and thus can be use as an indirect back-up tool.
* Alternatively you may consider using desktop based back-up software program like F back-up which is free for personal use and allow you to easily back-up your files to any other computer on the network (LAN). You can even schedule back-ups so that they run automatically at pre-defined intervals. While F back-up has a more clean interface, GFI back-up offers both differential and incremental back-ups which are naturally faster than full back-ups