Why should I back up my files?

Xeeker November 26, 2011
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I have my disks partitioned into 2 drives, C and D. I use D as my backup drive, where I keep all my important files and documents. C is used for program files, games, and etc. Is there any need for me to have a backup program? I understand storing it online, but what I want to know is if all my files are stored in a separate drive from the main one, why do I need to back them up?

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  1. xeeker
    November 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    thank you everyone for your reply. i was an idiot to think that since i have 2 partitions they are 2 separate disks -_-. I shall do backup online of my imp documents and files from now on.

  2. Amalafrida
    November 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Backups are a must. I'm probably anal-retentive in the matter. Five discrete backups of all my data. And one copy is immediately moved off premises. A hedge against fire or theft.

    A.

  3. Anonymous
    November 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Backup is also for the protection of files to not be corrupted in case of hard drive failure, since your 2 partitions are on the same hard drive and in case of hard drive failure both partitions will be corrupted and this will lead to data loss. Better to have another safe backup online or on another hard drive. 

    Now you can move the files yourself by drag and drop or copy and paste, or you can use a backup software. The backup software will help during differential and incrememntal backup if you activte these options.

    http://www.acronis.com/resource/solutions/backup/2005/incremental-backups.html

  4. Onabin
    November 27, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Buddy if you have crap, don't waste your time to increase digital pollution.
    But if you have some data that you think it is important to you then take a backup either online or external disk.

  5. FIDELIS
    November 27, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Hello, if you really want to back up your files, you can either do it to an external drive or to a second harddrive installed in your computer.  Of course the cloud option is also there.....If you have your backups on same drive, you might as well have no backups at all.  Once drive fails, do you really think you can recover your backups from a different partition on the same dead drive?

    The only way that setup you have would help you is if you just do a clean install of the operating system.  Your D: partition stays as is and then you just access it from your new installation.  Nowadays, you can not really say that you do not do backups because it is expensive.....there are many free options available, the only thing you need is a little bit of your time to set them up.  Like my grandad just to say: "It is better preventing than lamenting"

  6. Jay
    November 27, 2011 at 2:07 am

    because few days back, when i started my pc, I got a read disk error.
    you can't predict what will happen the next moment.
    the partitions are virtual, hardware errors will affect the entire hard disk.
    always backup .at least important things that you don't want to lose.

  7. Jeff Fabish
    November 27, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Hi Xeeker,

    If you have only partitioned your drive into two separate partitions, then they are still on the same drive. Then what do you do if your hard drive crashes? All your data is on that drive, even if it was a separate partition. 

    I don't always back up my data, but when I do - It's online AND in an external hard drive.  If it's true that your data is on two separate disks, you still must worry about the disk failing. 

    - Jeff

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