Locally stored data is corrupted every day. Hard drives die every day. Laptops are stolen every day. Computers break every day, and sometimes they simply cannot be fixed. When one of these inevitabilities makes its way into your life, it can either be a horrible experience that ruins your month or it can be a minor inconvenience — the choice is yours and yours alone.

Back. Up. Your. Data.

There are a thousand different ways to backup your Mac and Windows PCs, and each different method obviously has pros and cons. Each and every one of them, however, is infinitely better than not backing up your computer.

Most of us likely have a general idea of why it’s important to back up our PCs and many people also know generally how the process works. Those for whom a general knowledge simply isn’t enough, however, will find a wealth of knowledge in a new guide published last week by Anandtech and picked up over the weekend by The Loop.

Anandtech is known for its exhaustive guides and analyses, and the site doesn’t fail to deliver with this guide to computer backups — it contains everything you could possibly need to know.

Whether you have a general knowledge of backups or you’re an IT professional, you will come away from this guide having learned something.

Anandtech’s computer backups guide is linked below in our source section.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.