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Backup Plan – Step One

It’s National Backup Awareness Month (OK, maybe not national, I made it up.) However, I know for a fact that 95% of the people I know do NOT back up their data. The first step in creating a backup plan for your computer is to know what data you need to back up. This is easy to do: sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and make a list of software you use on your computer. Here is my list:

Outlook – for my email Word – for correspondence or reports Excel – spreadsheets, list of bills, etc Quicken – finances Picasa – photo organizer iTunes – music

That’s about it folks. The next time you hear from me, I will show you how to identify where those data files are stored. Once you have your list of programs and where your data is stored, making a backup plan is easy.

Do your homework and make your list of software YOU use.

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