How To Back Up Your Computer Data

computer data backupWhether you use your computer for surfing the Internet and downloading music or store information for multi-million dollar work projects, one need is constant across the board. You may think your files are safe once they’re saved on your hard drive, but the reality is that bad things happen to good people and important files are often lost or destroyed. The upside is that there is no need to fear. In the event of hardware failure or malware infection, backup solutions like Novastor offer a full system recovery giving you peace of mind. Backing up your important information is much easier than most people think, and can even be scheduled regularly to eliminate the need for you to put out the effort.

Important Terms to Know

You’ve heard them before, but may have no idea what they mean.   A basic understanding of the following terms will help you to complete your backup process.

  • Hard Drive – A hard drive is a part of your computer that holds all your folders and files including pictures, videos, documents and everything else you love.  Think of your hard drive as the basket where you throw all your important mementos you want to save.  The hard drive is most often measured by using Gigabytes or Megabytes.
  • Gigabyte/Megabyte –  The term Megabyte is loosely used to define the total amount of space that each file takes up on your hard drive.  A Gigabyte holds 1,000 Megabytes.

Storage Methods

When you back up your data, you’ll find a list of several storage options, and each offers their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Some are more expensive and offer more storage and options, while others require you to invest a little more time and effort into the saving process. 

External Hard Drive – An external hard drive connects to your computer through a USB port and functions as a second hard drive.  All your important files and folders are moved to the external hard drive.  An added bonus of the external hard drive is the fact that it can be easily carried with you anywhere you go or in the event of an emergency.

Internet Storage – Many consumers and businesses are choosing to forego the hardware method of storage and turning instead to the Internet, or the Cloud.  With Internet storage, you are not required to purchase any additional hardware, and may get limited storage space for free.  These storage methods are fairly quick and easy to use.

Other Options – Advanced computer users may choose to use an internal hard drive, DVD, or RAID to back up their computer, but for the average user, these options are not recommended.

If you want a quick and easy way to save data, choose the Cloud.  If you need more space and have the cash to invest, you may benefit from using an external hard drive.

Sometimes you may not need your storage data and want to get rid of it then you should opt for hard drive destruction so that nobody gets access to it.

Quick Tips to Make the Process Easier

  1. Set your data backup to run at least weekly.
  2. Store your data in two separate places if possible.
  3. Store your external hard drive in a safe place in case of an emergency such as a flood or a fire.
  4. Seriously consider using The Cloud for easy storage.

The key to staying on top of data backup is to choose the option that works best for you.  As consumers come to rely more on the Internet, The Cloud backup solution is poised in prime position to take over as the most convenient storage option.

Backup & Restore Complete Google Chrome Profile

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome is one of the most popular browser. This amazing browser doesn’t slows you down, even after installing dozens of extensions. If you are using Chrome, then sometimes your browser user profile can get corrupted. This means that you’ve lost your precious browser bookmarks, extensions and your Chrome user profile. A solution to this problem is to backup your Google Chrome profile and bookmarks. You’ll also learn how to restore the user profile, just in case.

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How to Backup Google Chrome Profile

Creating a new browser profile is easy. First of all, exit Google Chrome completely.

Step 1: Press Windows + R key to open “Run” dialog box.

Step 2: Enter the path of the following folder and hit Enter.

       - Windows Vista/Windows 7 users: %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser Data 
       - Windows XP users: %USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser Data

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Step 3: This should open the profile directory of Chrome. You’ll be able to see a folder named as “default”. If you want to backup your Chrome profile, then just copy this folder and paste it to a safe location. A good idea would be to copy this folder to your Dropbox so that your backup is always ready online.

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Restore or Replace Broken Google Chrome Profile

When your profile gets corrupted or broken for some reason, then you can replace the broken profile with a new one, or with a backup created previously (using the above steps). If you would like to create a new profile, then simply rename the “default” folder to any other name, for example: backup default. Now open Google Chrome again and it should automatically create a new profile and the folder “default” will be created. That’s all you need to do to replace a broken profile with a new one.

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However, if you have taken a backup of your profile, then you must already be having this “default” folder ready. All you need to do is to just replace your backed up “default” folder with old one by using copy-paste method and voila, your Chrome profile is restored. Your bookmarks, extensions, settings and everything will be restored.

Using phpMyAdmin To Backup WordPress Database

Backups are frequently overlooked but absolutely essential. Relying on your webhost to keep backups of your data is bound to backfire some day. Companies go bankrupt, data centres burn down, and hackers can be very destructive. In fact, one recent web hosting company in Australia lost all of their customers data – including backups – after hackers broke in! I hope you remember how Anshul lost his WordPress data and regained it later.

Many of you are likely using WordPress, in which case you have the option of using the WordPress database backup plugin, located here. However, this does not backup plugin data and thus, is not a true image of your website setup. Furthermore, for other CMS platforms, this is not really a solution. Thankfully, the procedure to backup your database through phpMyAdmin is relatively straightforward. The vast majority of web hosts come with phpMyAdmin; if yours doesn’t then the following steps aren’t going to be of much use to you.

Backup Your WordPress Database (MySQL) Using phpMyAdmin

Step 1. Login to your web host’s control panel and click on the link to phpMyAdmin. Depending on your control panel software it might simply be an icon, or might be in a menu labeled something like “Hosting Features”. You may be prompted for a username and password for phpMyAdmin, which will be the same as those you chose when you setup your WordPress installation (check wp-config.php in your installation folder, the username and password will be in there under “DB_USER” and “DB_PASSWORD”)
(An alternative method to Step 1 is to visit www.yourdomain.com/phpmyadmin and login directly to phpMyAdmin)

Step 2. There should now be a phpMyAdmin icon in the top left. Click on the home icon on the left, then select your WordPress database from the list. If you are unsure what your database is called, you can again check wp-config in your installation folder – it is under the entry for “DB_NAME”.

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Step 3. Your database tables will show up in a column on the left, with the database title at the top, as per the screenshot. Click on the Export tab.

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Step 4. Ensure that all items in the export box are selected (click “Select All”). Down the bottom, tick “save as file”. I find that using compression tends to be problematic, so leave compression set to none. Then click Go in the bottom right. The browser will appear to do nothing for a few seconds then pop up a box asking you if you wish to save a file. Save it. Depending on the size of your database the download could take a few seconds to a few minutes. Now exhale, you’re done!

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Backing Up And Restoring phpBB Database

phpBBCurrently HBB Forums is powered by phpBB, a open source forum script. Below I mentioned some steps for backing up and restoring your phpBB Database.

I hope this article will be useful to all the newbies having phpBB forums. If you find this simple tutorial useful, share and tweet!

Backing Up Your phpBB Database

  1. Login to phpBB with your admin account.
  2. Click on “Go to Administration Control Panel” at the bottom of the page.

  3. Now go to “Maintenance” tab. [Top]

  4. [Sidebar] In the Database section, select “Backup”.

If you want to store the backup locally, then select Store file locally. If you want to download the backup, then select Download. Now select Submit. That’s all. The screenshot will be similar to this.

Backup phpBB Database
Maintenance | Backup

Restoring Your phpBB Database

If you want to restore your data, the Restore link is also listed under Database in your admin panel.

Click that and select the required file (backup). Select Start Restore.

Restoring phpBB
Maintenance | Restore