May be a simple question, but a very good one.
First answer, back up more than once those files you don't want to lose. If the originals get lost for any reason, then a single backup becomes the only copy, and then they are at risk of loss as well.
Second answer. Where to back them up to? Really it's your choice, CD, DVD, external hard disk, USB Memory Stick, etc, or any combination of those. Whichever you are happy with.
Final answer. How to back them up? The easest way I find is simple copy and paste. I sometimes use 'drag and drop' from and to two open Explorer windows.
Hope that helps.
What's the "best" way to backup files like downloaded apps, programs, documents, etc? (I'm using a Dell i6000 laptop, Win XP)
Ever since losing music files (& recovering most) recently, I've been paranoid about a 2nd crisis for all other files outside of my music.
I've been using dvds to save mp3 files & photos & that's worked fine. (it's how I recovered my most of my music) I *do* have an external HD that I've used, but I think I'm running out of room.
Best to get one w/ more space or are dvd-rs usable for everything?