[QUOTE=jcroy;2770864]I usually made new backup operating system discs about once a year or so, in case there were problems.
Though by the time there were problems, typically it was 4 or 5+ years later. By then, it was easier to just buy a new computer instead of salvaging the old machine.
In terms of personal files, about a decade ago I largely gave up on regularly backing up my files. By then, I only really backed up files which I was currently working on. After I was finished with them, I largely didn’t care anymore.
But if a file is important enough to me, I usually printed it out.[/QUOTE]
A hardcopy of a file is of course a good thing, but maybe not very flexible in case you want to revisit a project.
Unless need be, I usually move my operating system to a new computer, but avoid copying hardware-setup, aka ‘Universal Restore’.
My main computer started as Windows 7, upgraded to to 8, then 8.1 and is currently Windows 10.
I have way too many programs on it and so it is a drag spending at least three months before it all is back. Currently running on the third hardware, with no other than the usual Microsoft ‘bug-errors’
I used XP while Vista was around and so it became natural with a fresh install for Windows 7, lazy as I am when it comes to installing and finding old utilities, more than half a year went by before I could do everything without having to install or find files first. Of course, if I had only a few ordinary installs, I would choose to do a fresh install, but as it is, I rather have a backup in case a virus hits. Even though I protect myself any way possible, I will always be vulnerable unless I do as coolcolors often suggest, disconnect from the net