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How to Clean Up Your Computer and Organize Your Data

How to Clean Up Your Computer and Organize Your Data

We have all been guilty of having an extra messy desktop. Unfortunately, that’s just one of the problems that come with having a large influx of work and data. It can seem like a very daunting task to clear out all these files and start organising when you don’t even know where to start. The problem with having a messy desktop is it doesn’t work very well for your peace of mind and your productivity as you may spend a lot of time just trying to figure out where everything is! If you follow these few steps you will have an organised computer in no time!

Lose your duplicate files

This should be your first step before you start anything. You are going to want to go through your existing files and cut out the clutter. Be realistic with what you are keeping. How many duplicate photos do you really need from your holiday? Or how many copies of your dissertation do you need to hold on to? What may really shock you is the fact that once you have deleted many of these duplicate files you’ll find yourself with so much more space on your computer. Be sure you are checking every single file and every folder.

Create Main Folders

The second thing you’re going to want to do is to create some larger main folders. These folders will help you to start organising your documents and data. For example, you may want to make a collection of folders and name the various things such as; Photos, Uni work, Work documents or House documents. Whatever you name your folders they will help you to index everything in an organised manner. Once you have created these main folders, you are going to want to make mini folders to go within these larger ones. This will greatly help you and make it easier for you to locate specific files.

Back up your data

One of the most important things you will need to consider is how to back up all your files.  One of the best ways to back up your files and data is to use cloud like software or the cloud. Many of these software’s offer great ways for you to store your data digitally. There are many different companies who offer this service, from using Asset bank to using the Google Drive you know your files are safe. You can also back up your files through using external hard-drives. Using external hard-drives can be a little a risky as if you lose one you may lose all your data. This is why opting to go with a cloud-based backup option is probably the better option.

However, you decide to organise your computer or back your files up make sure it’s right for you. You also want to try your best to ensure you stick to a plan to ensure you are staying on top of being organised and not let yourself slip back into old habits.

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