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PCs are tools that, for most of us, are our main means of work, which is why they have become essential in our daily lives. But many times using it can become a serious headache due to viruses, performance issues and other system errors so sometimes the best option is to start from scratch and make a backup before formatting your PC files and programs again .

How to back up my programs and documents before formatting my PC

As you can imagine, when you format your computer you will lose all your files if you don't make a backup first, that's why this short tutorial will help you save all your information. It is also ideal to always install an antivirus on your PC , to avoid frequent formatting.

      Determine priorities before running a backup

      Most of us have too many personal files such as photos, music, videos, documents, programs, etc. And one of the main reasons for our team's poor performance is information overload.

      Therefore, it is important to determine which files we really need and which are not . In this way we will have much more storage space on our hard drive and, when it comes to formatting, we will have a much lighter computer.

      If you have already decided which files to keep, the next thing you should be clear about is which backup methods you will use. Here we show you some of them.

      Use an external storage drive to back up

      It is one of the most popular and secure options, as it allows you to store a large amount of information. One of the most used are external hard drives , ranging from 100Gb to 500Gb, you can also get 1Tb of storage. If you are unaware of what information storage devices are and what they are used for, find out before continuing reading.

      Do not make the mistake of using an SD Card or a Pendrive, as in addition to having little space they tend to get lost or even damaged easily, and with them all the information you have saved. So, if you already have your external hard drive ready, what you need to do is the following:

      ⦁ Once you have the backup folder with all the files you want to save, select it by right-clicking.

      ⦁ Then, a window will pop up where an option will appear saying "send".

      ⦁ Next, you will see several destinations appear. There you will select your external drive.

      Create a backup for your backup

      Currently, the operating system of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 has this great option to protect our personal files, so that when we format our PC we do not suffer any loss. We also recommend that when you format your PC, you install Windows 10 from scratch to have the most up-to-date system.

      Thanks to this tool, you can save a fairly large image of your computer and export it to a CD/DVD or an external disk. To make a backup on your computer you need to do the following:

      ⦁ Let's enter the Control Panel

      ⦁ Once inside we select the first option that says " System and security "

      Use cloud storage

      There are currently various storage platforms cloud, which give you a large storage capacity, so you won't have to worry about the number of files you have or need to back up.

      One of them is Google Drive though there are many other. All you have to do is enter their website and follow the steps they show you there, or you can also access Google Drive as a disk partition on your PC, without using Google Chrome.

      Use specialized programs

      Today there are several programs that allow us to protect our personal files to avoid its loss. One of them is EaseUS Todo Backup Free, which allows us to choose between different types of backups

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