When was the last time you backed up the important files on your computer? If you are the slightest similar to me I would assume the last time was when your best friend told you he or she had lost everything thanks to a crash.
The reasons to why we do not back up our most important data is because it takes time, it is a boring process and we tend to forget about it.
In this post I will show you how to set up software to automatically back up your important files to a free server anywhere in the world.
What you will need
- A Windows PC
If anyone would like to make a guest post on how to set this up on a Mac I would gladly accept the offer.
- An FTP-server
If you already have a FTP-server this is great. Otherwise I will show you how to use Dropbox for free to host your files.
How to set it up
- Install software and set up your FTP-server. We will use the same software as I used when I showed you how to automatically back up WordPress. Download and install the latest version of SyncBack.
If you do not have a FTP-server I highly recommend you to visit the Dropbox team and download the latest version of their software. You will get 2 GB free storage out of the box and then another 250 MB when you take their tour. When this is done you can get additional 25o MB for every friend you refer, up to 3 GB which gives you a total of 5 GB free storage online. This is something you can use to a lot more than backup.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and ask for help. When you are done installing both of these software’s you should create four different folders in your backup-folder.
- Create a backup profile. Start SyncBack and create a new profile named “Local Backup (daily)”. Set the source to where you have your important files and destination to backup folder. Like this:
- Select directories to back up. You can back up your whole hard drive if you want to, but it would take forever. Personally I back up my passwords, bookmarks from Firefox and all my documents. The rest of my files I try to back up manually on a external hard drive every other month. Select all the folders you want to back up and follow next step.
- Create a schedule. Now it is time for you to create a schedule so you will get a backup automatically every day. Press the “Expert”-button and hit “Misc”. There you will see a big button saying “Schedule”. I run my back up at 05:00 but it is up to you depending on when you use it.
Now you simply repeat the process to create a weekly, monthly and finally one every other month. This is to make sure you always have one backup even if a whole month would be messed up.
When was the last time you made a backup?