One of the simplest way to back up your precious, precious data is to save it to a CD-R or a CD-RW. Here’s How:
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If you use Windows XP, you can use the built-in Microsoft Backup program (find it by going to Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools). PC World suggested committing to a daily ‘incremental’ backup, where you only copy the files that are new or have changed since your last backup and a full weekly or monthly backup of all data.
Schedule the backup process to run on it’s own one evening and set it and forget it.
CD backups won’t do much for those people who have more than 650-700 megabytes of data – that would require you to sit around and swap new CDs in as the discs fill up. Then there is the ongoing cost of new CDs to consider, as well as the inconvenience of having CDs hanging around everywhere.
While CDs are generally quite reliable – Recordables are often more so than Rewritable discs – they can still be damaged, scratched, chipped or break. For most people, backing up your data to a CD is easy, convenient, and worth the piece of mind.