What Should I Be Backing Up On My Computer ?

I am asked all the time what should I be backing up from my computer , especially when you are going to reinstall the operating system.

  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Music ( iTunes library if you have one )
  • Videos
  • Desktop – yes people store so much on their desktop
  • Email ( Your PST file if you are on Outlook ) – Export Mail if you are using a Mac – you would not have to bother if you used Gmail or Outlook.com – it is all in the cloud
  • Internet Favourites – its in your user profile or export out of IE , Chrome or Firefox
  • Software you have downloaded – don’t forget activation keys which maybe in emails.


  • Make sure you know your email password from your provider and your settings for your email client : Tip , Take a photo of your email settings 
  • Know your social media logins and passwords ( Facebook etc )
  • Know your online account logins and passwords  ( Google , Microsoft , Apple , Dropbox etc)

Yes I know that there is software to back all this up , this is just a guide if you are doing a manual backup , which every now and then is not a bad idea.



Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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