What is the purpose of backup files?

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what is the purpose of the BACKUP? Do I really need to keep a backup of everything on my hard disk?

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This question was answered on March 26, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Solution: Yes - you can never be sure that disaster won't strike! I lost everything when I had to reformat the hard disk on my windows 98 after a series of crashes Luckily I was able to save most of my most useful files from the damaged disk, but I still lost some, and they were not all ones that could be replaced So I'm full of good intentions now to keep a backup of all important files Luckily I had the system software on a CD-ROM, and was able to re-transfer other programs from the floppies or CD-ROMS that they originally came on.

I subsequently reduced the risk of further crashes by having extra RAM added, getting my local agent to increase it from 8 to 20 I had very much less trouble after that, and things worked faster When I moved on to a Window 2000, I went for 64 RAM Nowadays this should be the absolute minimum However the day arrived when I couldn't access its hard disk, as its boot area had become damaged (possibly when I uploaded windows 2000 from the net and installed) Once again, my hard disk had to be reformated - an automatic back-up of my whole hard disk once a day However, when the crunch came, this too failed to provide me with the back up I needed because my internal hard disk was damaged! The simplest way to back up photos and essential files is to use a CD-writer or rewriter.You really need something like this if you're going in for digital photography.

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Posted by ricardo of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 26, 2003