If you upgrade from Windows 7 to 10, your files will automatically get transferred over during the process. It's still a good idea to have a backup just in case something goes wrong.
If you've subscribed to Office 365, you can manually transfer and sync your files online to OneDrive. You can also configure your "Windows known folders" like Desktop, Documents, Pictures, etc to redirect to OneDrive in order to always sync them online. This is a good way to keep some of your important files secure however it still won't backup your entire computer.
Backup to local USB drive
You can also backup your computer to a USB drive via the built in Windows Backup software. This process is a good way to ensure your system is backed up before upgrading your computer. However, backing up to a USB drive isn't the best solution as a single backup because it needs to be physically plugged into the computer in order for the backup to happen. People often disconnect the USB drive and the backups get old. These USB drives are also often stored with the computer. In the event of a fire, theft or other disaster, it can be lost with the computer.
Using an online backup is much better than a simple backup to a USB drive. An online backup keeps your files protected in a location separate from your computer. This is beneficial in the event of a disaster, fire, theft, etc. Online backups typically take a bit longer during the initial backup since all your files need to get transferred to the online location. However, once the initial sync has been done, it's pretty efficient and requires minimal bandwidth to keep up. These backups can be configured to backup your entire computer, certain locations or just your important documents. It's up to you. We have a solution that can meet your needs.
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If you require a robust backup solution, we suggest Datto. A hardware appliance (computer) continuously backs up your files on a defined schedule multiple times per day. The backup is then verified at the end of each day to ensure its integrity before being transferred offsite. The offsite backups can be retained for as long as you want. The backups can be restored a number of different ways including local or cloud virtualization, file level restore or image level restore. This is very useful if you need your systems to be operational as quickly as possible after a disaster. We're Datto experts! Our team manages and monitors a fleet of Datto devices to ensure our customers are fully protected.
If you're still not sure which method is best for you, let us know. One of our experts can help you make sure your data is sufficiently protected.
January 14, 2020 is coming soon and you need to either replace your computer or upgrade your existing PC to Windows 10. It doesn’t matter which route you take, you’ll need to make sure your documents are safely backed up and transferred over.