Josh Holst

May 04 2015

How to Back Up Your Computer Files

How to Back Up Your Computer with Josh Holst.

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Your photos, video, music, and personal documents are the most important things on your computer. There are a lot of options available: manual, online or cloud-based, and syncing services. Watch to see the differences between the three and my recommendation for backing up your important files.

Manual Backups

Both Windows and Apple computers have built-in backup software that is a low cost solution. It can be as simple as putting in a CD, DVD, or thumb drive and copying or burning files. This solution is best for someone without a lot of files to back up since it is a manual process.

Online Services

For those that have a lot of data to back-up, you can subscribe to a service where you install a small agent or piece of software to your computer. Backups are automatically done in the background providing a hands-off approach. Files can be accessed from any computer to be restored. This is the solution I recommend, but it can cost more, especially if you have a lot of files.

Syncing Services

With syncing services, you sync files to the cloud and can securely access them from any device. It’s geared towards smaller subsets of storage or files. If you delete a file on your computer, it syncs all the way across to your other devices. Some solutions offer data protection, but it can be limited and for that reason, I wouldn’t recommend a syncing service for a backup solution.

If you have any questions about backup opportunities that are available, please leave me a message in the comments below. If you have other topics you’d like me to cover, I want to hear those as well. Thanks for watching!

Josh Holst

About Josh Holst

Josh Holst is Vice President of Information Systems at Hills Bank’s Operation Center in Hills, IA. He has been at Hills Bank since 2002 working with systems and network administration, with a focus on customer service, security, business continuity, compliance, and operations. Josh can be reached at

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