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How to Backup?

Manual backup You choose the files, and folders you want to backup, and manually copy them to somewhere else, such as on to a CD/DVD, or onto an external drive. One form of manual backup is to email important files to yourself, so they are stored on the email server of your web-based email service. You can create a backup of some important data by printing it out, for example: Your email addresses can be printed.

Manual backup methods are very slow, tedious, and annoying. These are some of the reasons why most people don't end up creating backups regularly, and suffer the consequences.
Semi-automated backup Semi-automated backups are made using software that automatically creates the necessary backups when you run it, but you need to remember to run it, this leaves room for human error.
Fully-Automated Fully-automated backups are created regularly and automatically by the backup software, which sends the backup to your desired backup location, whether it be online, or another computer, or an external harddrive. Generally fully automatic backups are set to run at night, or when the computer is idle.

The ideal backup strategy is easy, and automatic. If it isn't then you will not be likely to keep doing it. So manually backing up may be ok for emergencies, but if you are serious about backup then you need some form of automated strategy, that you can set and forget.