Backup Your Data
First and foremost, it is essential you get important files backed up to a reliable secondary storage like an external hard drive. While this step is optional, it is highly recommended to backup valuable data especially with the new waves of cyber attacks called ransomware. Ransomware infects a computer and encrypts any files that might reside on the filesystem, demanding that the victim pays a fee to unlock the encryption (even this is not a guarantee). There are two fantastic and cost effective solutions for backing up your data, one is a portable external hard drive and the other is a desktop external hard drive. Depending on your preference the two hard drives I highly recommend are either the Seagate Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive or the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Hard Drive. Portable hard drives usually cost more per TeraByte of storage but are portable and can be powered with only your laptop. Desktop external hard drives are typically more cost effective but they usually require using wall power and are definitely not portable. If you are struggling between the choices, buy the Portable Hard Drive because it will have enough storage for your files and the Seagate one I linked earlier works interchangeably between Macs and PCs without the need to reformat.
Organizing Folders and Files
If you do not follow a system to regularly manage your computer’s files, then they most likely are cluttering your desktop and will progressively become harder to locate or manage. Luckily, there are many great tips and techniques that can be used to clean and organize a PC. We will establish processes to efficiently manage your current clustered filesystem and break down the organizational process into manageable compartments.
A personal test for having an organized filesystem is that you should be able to find the majority of your files without having to use your operating system’s search feature.
Assessing when to organize the desktop
Create a general hierarchy for major categories, for example, work and personal. Make sure to merge any duplicate folders. Find a home for photos, and make sure to comb your downloads folder and desktop for files that can be organized into your general hierarchy. Move all your documents to the Documents folder and make sure to organize new files as they arrive.
MSD – Move, Save, Delete
Create rules for incoming files