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Backing Up Data

You’re about to make some significant changes to your computer. Quick: what’s the one thing you should do before installing OS X on your machine? If you said, “back up my data,” you are correct. Backing up your data is one of the most critical (and often overlooked) safety precautions you can perform on any computer. But many users ignore advice about backing up their systems until something really bad happens and prevents them from accessing their files. “My computer never crashes,” and “backups take too long,” are common excuses. (Never mind that the costs in time and stress are huge if data is lost.)

Whenever you perform a major task, such as upgrading your operating system, put aside any hesitation about backing up the information on your computer. Although most upgrades of this sort are ultimately beneficial to the computer, there are never any guarantees in life. It’s up to you to cover all the bases when performing significant system changes on your computer.


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