Protecting & Backing Up Data in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1    |    Intermediate
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To prevent data loss, you should always protect and back up your data. Discover how to work with external devices for backing up and restoring data, create restore points, and use Windows Defender to protect your computer.


  • Using an external storage device
    Copying data from an external storage device
    Formatting your storage device
    Backing up your files
  • Recovering your data from a backup file
    Creating a restore point
    Running a virus scan
    Configuring your virus scan settings


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    1.  Using an external storage device in Windows 8.1
    4m 39s
    USB keys and external hard-drives are storage devices that can be used to transport or backup your personal and system files. To use them successfully, you are going to need to know how to access them in Windows 8.1. FREE ACCESS
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    2.  Copying data from an external storage device in Windows 8.1
    7m 5s
    Once you have connected your USB key or external hard-drive, you can use it to transfer data to and from your computer. In Windows 8.1, you can begin transferring your data in a matter of clicks. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Formatting your storage device in Windows 8.1
    3m 28s
    Formatting an external storage device will remove any data contained on it. Once this is done, you can start afresh with your file transfer and begin storing data on your device. Windows 8.1 offers you a number of… FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Backing up your files in Windows 8.1
    5m 24s
    Windows 8.1 features a automatic save function which can be used to backup your user files. This function can be set up to be executed at regular intervals, ensuring that a copy of your personal data is stored away… FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Recovering your data from a backup file in Windows 8.1
    3m 51s
    If you have been backing up your data using the save function in Windows 8.1, you can recover it at any time. This is particularly useful if you have inadvertently deleted your personal files. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Creating a restore point in Windows 8.1
    4m 50s
    If you want to protect your computer from any viruses or system errors, you can create a restore point. A restore point is a snapshot taken of your system at a certain point: if anything happens to your version of Windows… FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Running a virus scan in Windows 8.1
    5m 9s
    Windows Defender is Windows 8.1's default anti-virus application. You can use it to scan your computer for any harmful files, viruses and malware. Windows Defender features three different types of scan: quick, full… FREE ACCESS
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    8.  Configuring your virus scan settings in Windows 8.1
    6m 17s
    Windows Defender - Windows 8.1's virus scanner - can be adjusted to protect your computer in real-time. This means that if you happen to inadvertently download a virus, Windows Defender will identify the threat as it… FREE ACCESS


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