Backing up your files is probably one of the most important parts of owning a computer device. We backup for various reasons but the main ones are to be able to recover from lost/deleted files, damaged files or from a disaster (fire, theft or hardware failure).

It is important to realise that moving your files to an external drive is NOT backing up your files. A backup means you have more than one copy and therefore moving your files is not a backup. If you do choose to move your files (photos, music, emails etc) onto a backup drive you then need to get a second backup drive and maintain a second backup copy on that drive.

I have recently been having people asking me to try and recover data from their failed external drives that contain the only copy of their files. This is often un--sucessful and then requires professional data recovery which costs around $2,000