An experienced IT pro once told me that there are only two types of data: those you already lost and those you will lose eventually. There is a kernel of truth in this: all of our data is stored on media that sooner or later will fail, no matter how good your hard drive is or how careful you are with your computer.
When disaster strikes, there is no coming back, unless you’ve backed up your data previously. But if you are like 90% of other people, you can’t be bothered with remembering to back up your data every day or week. You need something that does it automatically without your intervention, so that you always have your files stored in a secure location. It goes without saying that in order to take full advantage of this backup strategy, you’ll have to keep your external drive connected to your computer all the time, or backup your data to a file server (which is way more convenient in my opinion).
The good news is that Windows includes a backup utility that’s both easy to use and does an okay job. It’s nothing that will blow your mind, but at least it works. It’s called File History and you can find it in Control Panel or the Settings app. Watch the video to find out how!