To avoid accidental loss of data due to PC failure, it is good to backup your data frequently.

You might not be sure what files or folders to backup or even where they are located. Here is a Suggested Backup List for your reference.

Suggested Backup List

System Disk (Drive C:)
A) For Windows 7
 

C:\Users\{user}\Desktop
C:\Users\{user}\Favorites
C:\Users\{user}\My Documents
C:\Users\{user}\My Music
C:\Users\{user}\My Pictures
C:\Users\{user}\My Videos
C:\Users\Public\Documents

B) For Windows XP
 

C:\Documents and Settings\{user}\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\{user}\Favorites
C:\Documents and Settings\{user}\My Documents
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents
C:\Program Files\WS_FTP\wsftp.ini
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\{username}\bookmark.htm
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\{username}\mail\

For user using Outlook Express as email client:
C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
C:\Windows\Application Data\Identites\{key}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\

C) For Windows 98
 

C:\My Documents
C:\Windows\Favorites
C:\Program Files\WS_FTP\wsftp.ini
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\{username}\bookmark.htm
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\{username}\mail\

For user using Outlook Express as email client:
C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{key}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\


Data Disk (Drive D:)
  User Data Directory
Outlook Data Files *.pst
*.doc
*.xls
*.ppt
Note:
  • The words in RED denotes your user name.
  • The words in GREEN denotes a string generate by the system, e.g., {07842080-D1D0-0465-AB34-95221F33BF4B}.