We can also use this day to defragment our hard drive(s).
Windows guide to defragmenting
Mac users don't have to defragment, apparently. Humph!
ZDNet is a top tech news and download site and these are the current top five downloads which are all worth checking out - although it's Recover Files and SyncBack, in particular, that are on-topic.
Top Five Downloads
|System Explorer - Freeware|
|Everything - Freeware|
|IrfanView - Freeware|
|Recover Files - Freeware|
|SyncBack - Freeware|
A reminder about Matt's simple and effective back-up:
"I have never been able to get the hang of proper backup software and procedures. I always end up getting into a complete pickle about the various full backups, interim backups and how the bloody hell I'd back everything up if my hard-drive became shot with the backup software on it. So these days I just have a complete clone of My Documents on a portable drive and use Microsoft's Synctoy to keep the files up to date."
However I would suggest backing up your entire Documents and Settings folder and not just the My Documents part of it as it which would include emails and favourites/bookmarks. This link has more details.
I asked Lee about the Mac equivalent:
"Things like emails, bookmarks, fonts, templates, RSS feeds, Applescripts - anything used by an application, but not created by it when you hit Save - are kept in your Home folder, in the Library. In Mac speak, that's ~/Library. Apple apps such as Mail, Safari, and iTunes may have their own folders. Non-Apple apps like NetNewsWire, Montage, Final Draft, Scrivener etc, will keep all their stuff in ~/Library/Application Support. The truly paranoid might want to back up their preference files as well. I know I do. These are in ~/Library/Prefences.
For safety's sake, back up the entire Library folder, it's probably only a few hundred megs."
Thanks Matt and Lee! That was helpful, really!
Don't delay, do it today. It's Back Up Your Files Day, hooray!