It's a good decision to have a backup of info you don't want to lose.
Everything breaks eventually. Hard drives don't last forever. It will fail eventually so you will lose your info eventually without a backup.
Hitachi's tend to be the most reliable these days, then Western Digital, and Seagate brand hard drives the least. I just bought a Seagate however, since only they make hybrids and that was what I wanted. However I am making sure to get a backup for it.
It can be a bit liberating losing all your data at times haha. :rolleyes: Sometimes perhaps it was for the best. However putting that possibility aside..
Yes there's a Windows backup program. A restore point isn't the same thing as a backup tho, so don't mistake it for a way to save your personal data.
To backup what's important for you, you should know where you keep it on your computer. If you're not keeping it in the folders the backup program expects or is told by you to backup, it won't get saved.
So it's good to learn a little bit about how files and folders work and keep your important data in folders you know the location of.
A computer with its files and folders is just like a regular physical filing cabinet. There are folders, and lots of papers in each of the named folders, each of the papers with different info. The info may be how to run a program, or writing, or music, or your favorite photos.
Most of the files will be unimportant to you because they're just info on how programs run themselves. The important thing is to know where your personal data is kept.
If you don't have a lot of data to save, there're free online backup services too out there too. They take longer to backup your info since it's over the net, and it's not as private, but they work for as long as the service lasts.
Went on a bit there. Sorry. :rolleyes: