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PCs For Dummies, 13th Edition by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 23

That All-Important Safety Copy

In This Chapter

arrow Restoring modified files

arrow Creating a backup copy

arrow Understanding compressed folders

arrow Extracting files from a compressed folder

arrow Installing software from a Zip file

It’s sad, but I hear occasionally about someone who regrets losing all their vacation photos because the computer crashed. They seem to accept this fate as an inevitable part of owning a computer. It’s frustrating to me, because digital material can stay active for a long time, providing you make a safety copy. The only reason you’ll ever lose anything — a document, a photo, a video, music, or any file — is because you failed to create a backup.

The File You Had Yesterday

If a file is lost, you can find it. When a file has been deleted, you can recover it from the Recycle Bin. But when a file has been changed or overwritten with new information, getting it back requires some sorcery. That sorcery is provided by a backup program.

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