Every time I reinstall my machine, there are new things to back up beforehand and restore afterwards. My big new things for this machine were the newsreader that lets me get blog posts in Outlook, the podcatcher that downloads MP3 files for me, and Skype.
Two out of three isn’t bad. I successfully exported the subscription lists for Newsgator and Juice, but it never crossed my mind to specifically back up my Skype contact list. It had never even occurred to me to wonder where Skype stored my contacts and other information, apart from on its own database online. I’ve now exported my Skype contact list to a file on my external drive. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to automate that backup, but if I put Skype names into Outlook, I can always retrieve them from there.
Once I’d gotten my data restored, I had to configure my file backup system. I do back up the settings I use for Karen’s Replicator, the terrific free file backup/sync program I use, but since I was changing my directory structure with the reinstall, the old settings weren’t going to work.
Here’s the list I came up with:
- Audio files
- Author-izer docs
- FileSlinger docs
- Firefox Bookmarks
- Mind Maps
- Outlook PST files
- Personal docs
- Quicken data
These are the things I can back up automatically, and the things it would be difficult or impossible to re-create. Other things, like Outlook rules, Word settings, Newsgator subscriptions, and Skype contacts, have to be exported and backed up manually.
And macros. I’m still trying to figure out where and how macros get stored so I can back those up.
One thing is abundantly clear, however: the better the backups, the quicker and more complete the restoration.
Which files do you back up daily?