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Creating a data backup and recovery of data has become important. The reason behind this is due to the loss of data that an individual can incur at any point. The reason behind the loss of data could be due to a virus attack, corruption of software, physical damage to the hard disk, and other factors that possibly harm the contents of the hard disk. Losing all the necessary files such as photos, videos, and sensitive documents will place anyone in jeopardy. A brilliant move that an individual can perform is by creating backup and recovery from time to time.


Part 1. How to Complete Data Backup on Computer

The following guide will help any individual to create a backup of their hard disk and the important content. We are assuming that you are running a PC with Windows 7 operating system and an external drive connected to the computer.

Step 1. As Windows 7 offers a built-in backup program, you can directly use the option to create a backup. Primary, you have to launch the program by pressing the Windows icon and typing "backup" in the search box. Once the results appear, you will notice the following screen.

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Step 2. Upon clicking the backup and restore from the search window, you will arrive on the page where you can create a backup or restore the files. From the page, press the "Set up backup” option.

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Step 3. Once the first page opens, you will have to select the destination where you want to save the backup file. You can even select a DVD drive or as Microsoft recommends, choose an external hard disk. As you have already plugged an external hard disk, choose it as the preferred destination. Press the Next button.

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Step 4: In the next window, you will see the operating system asking you to select the files for creating the backup. You can use the Windows choice or pick up the files manually. However, it is preferable to go with the Windows recommended option where it will create a combination of system copy along with all the data files. Choose the option and press the Next button at the bottom. In the next window, you can schedule the backup, as it is common for any individual to forget about creating a backup at regular intervals. You can set the preferences and press the OK button at the bottom to allow the operating system to begin creating the backup of the files.

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Part 2. 2 Methods to Do Data Recovery on Mac and Windows

Method 1: Using Recoverit (IS)

Although you can create a backup using your operating system, it does not have the option to recover files from the same. You will be using Recoverit (IS) for Mac (or Recoverit (IS) for Windows) to get back the data. The software is capable of identifying all the files format and helps in easy recovery. The innovative methods incorporated into the software helps it to recover accidentally deleted data, data from empty the recycle bin, lost/deleted/resized partition, and from external hard disks.

Key Features of Recoverit (IS):

  • Recovers all files from damaged or corrupted hard disk in three simple steps.
  • Allows the user to restart the scanning after pausing it and even continue at a later time.
  • Users can save the scan results for future use
  • Helps in distinguishing between valid and invalid sectors.
  • Recovers files with their original path and filenames.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Data Using Recoverit (IS) for Mac

Step 1 Download Recoverit (IS)

Download this software from the original website and install it onto the Mac. When you launch it, you will see that the program offers 6 different file type options. From the interface, press your wanted file type tabs and click "Next" button.

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Step 2 Scan the Selected Drive

In the following window, you will observe the partitions of the Mac hard disk. You can now select a particular volume from which you wish to recover data. Click the "Start" button from the menu to begin scanning.

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Step 3 Recover Lost Data One Click

After completing the scan, Recoverit (IS) for Mac will display all the recoverable data along with the file validity attribute. The attribute allows the user to know the status of the file as good or bad. It is impossible for the program to retrieve a file with a bad validity attribute. You can select a particular file to view the content in the preview window. Based on this, you can make the selection of the files that you wish to retrieve and press the "Recover" button from the bottom of the window. It is preferable to use an external hard disk as the destination path.

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Method 2: Recover Data from a Backup Directly

You can follow the below steps to restore your Mac from a backup directly using the Time Machine application.

Step 1: Launch the Time Machine application from the menu or click the icon in the Dock.

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Step 2: You can now begin selecting the files that you wish to restore. You can visit the edge of the screen in the Time Machine backup to look at the date and time of the data. The application also includes local snapshots. You can use the on-screen up and down arrows to jump to the last time there was a change in the contents of the window. You can also use the search window to find a particular file format. Use the space bar to preview the substance of the file in the preview window.

Step 3. Use the restore button to retrieve the selected files or Control-click on a particular file for additional options. If you wish to restore everything using your Time Machine backup, you will have to use OS X Recovery. If you want to copy the files, settings, and another user account to another Mac, you can use the Migration Assistant.

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