My Documents. Maybe you are already familiar with this folder and its location on your computer. If not you should be, because by default that is where all your photos and music and letters and downloads and documents all end up. It’s a convenience, you know. Already setup and waiting for you on your new computer to store anything and everything of importance to you. Just click…’Save’.
Are you aware that when your computer crashes (and if it hasn’t, it will) that it’s the operating system that most likely failed? Something got corrupted, a virus wreaked some havoc or that old hard drive just bit the dust. And if you allowed your computer to dictate where you save everything (i.e. My Documents) it could all be gone.
Convenience is not your friend nor your safest course of action. If you want to have a better chance of not losing precious data, then you must make the decision of where YOU save your files. And that is NOT in a folder that is “PART” of your operating system.
A great idea would be to have a second hard drive just for storing all your files. Next best thing, would be to have a second partition on your drive (if you only have one hard drive) where you can save all your files. Finally, if either of those options are not available, then by all means “BACK UP THE MY DOCUMENTS FOLDER”.
Of course, even though your computer repairman may not be able to access or even see your files, those files might just still exist. A specialty recovery company may still be able to recover your files. They will physically take your hard drive apart, remove the disks and attempt recovery. Not necessarily an inexpensive resolve.
Your least expensive route – save your files to a location not associated with your operating system or the “C” drive. Purchase a thumb drive, a tape drive, another hard drive, anything – but don’t allow yourself to be lulled into a convenience that could cost you your sanity.