Why an Online Backup is Needed Before an OS Upgrade

With news of Windows 10 and El Capitan dominating the gadget news cycle of 2015, it is not surprising that reminders for a sturdy online backup before installation are prevalent. These reminders shouldn’t be taken for granted since they present valid reasons that can help you avoid a major file catastrophe.

Before upgrading to a new operating system – whether it’s on your computer, smartphone, or tablet – it’s critical that you backup your files online. The main reason behind this action is to stop any loss of data.

Even if you’re adept in installing new upgrades or have advanced tech knowledge, there are things you can’t control. One of these is a sudden power interruption. Another is an accidental spilling of coffee on your computer that can cause it to shut down in the middle of an upgrade. Freak accidents and mishaps happen even if you’re careful. And not having an online backup before anything unfortunate happens can make the situation worse.

To ensure that you have a problem-free installation for a new OS, here are tips you can follow.

1. Make a plan.

Just because the new update is already available for your computer doesn’t mean you just click the “update” button without a second glance. Make a plan for it, especially if you have multiple computers or gadgets that need updating. To avoid any loss of data, make sure the entire OS is backed up online. Or if you don’t feel like it, just make sure that all your important files are stored through your online backup or via cloud storage. By making a plan and following it, you avoid making any unnecessary action that can compromise both your actual computer and your files.

2.Ensure that your computer or gadget can handle the upgrade.

If you have a relatively new machine, upgrading to a new operating system once you’re done with your online backup is easy enough to do. However, if your computer or gadget is several years old, there is a possibility that it can no longer handle an upgrade or it may not be compatible with the new update. Remember that a new OS that runs on old computers or gadgets can actually slow things down.

If you failed to back up your files and belatedly realized that your machine isn’t compatible for the new update, you do not only lose your files, you also waste precious time.

3. Back up EVERYTHING.

You always have to remember that what you see on your computer folders are not just the files you have. Many are hidden and are more important for the machine to run smoothly than what you’ve saved on those folders. This means that when you choose an online backup provider before installing a new OS, you must include everything. Back up even temporary files, desktop folders and Recycle Bin. And if applicable, don’t forget to back up your machine’s hidden partitions as they can restore your computer back to its original state if the upgrade fails.

It doesn’t matter if you have an Apple or Windows machine, both giants explicitly recommend backing up the old OS before making any upgrade. Have you had any experience when an online backup saved you from an imminent disaster? Share your thoughts below.