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Chapter 5. File Management Basics > Backing Up Your Files

Backing Up Your Files

One of the most important rules of file management is to back up your document files. Backing up means saving a copy of your files on some media, such as a floppy disk, writeable CD or DVD, or even on the Internet or a company network.

Why? Because all computer hard drives die eventually. If your computer is new, it should take many, many years, but it will happen. Even before that time comes, you will probably experience crashes, instances where the power to your computer suddenly cuts off, or two computer programs encounter a conflict that freezes your computer and causes it to shut down. When a crash happens, you can lose data from your hard drive or the file you were working on when the crash occurred. Having a backup file, even one that might be a version or so older, can save you a great deal of stress if you lose a file.


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