How To Organize and Backup Your Computer Before You Move

Moving means cleaning up, donating items to consignment shops or selling items, putting items in storage and overall consolidating, organizing and securing items to assist with the transition.

This is also a great time to backup your computer including photos and important documents on your laptop or desktop so nothing gets deleted or corrupted during the move when you change locations and internet services.

Organizing Your Computer

Whether it’s with folders or documents, go through your downloads first. Organize them by type and move the files to either documents, music, movies, or pictures or the trash bin.

Items with the label .dmg can be deleted, as those are the “shell” of applications or other items that have been downloaded and installed. Downloads should not have any items left when you are finished going through it.

Then go through your images, videos, music and documents. Consolidate and rename/label items.

There’s a few programs out there that will clean up excess files/cached images on your computer, which take up space as well as RAM, or the memory/speed.

CC Cleaner-This goes through all of your files and eliminates unneeded and unused items.

MalwareBytes-This searches your computer for any viruses or malware that has been installed and deletes it.

Organize your browser

A few great Chrome Extensions that will help you stay organized. Chrome is a great browser available for Macs and PCs and has more options for extensions than any other browsers.

LastPass: Never remember passwords? LastPass allows you to only have to remember 1!

Pocket: Pocket is a great bookmarking tool, similar to Pinterest, but mostly for articles. This will help you eliminate the need for a bookmark bar.

OneTab: Always have a million tabs open on your browser? This extension gets rid of the clutter and reduces 95% of memory while keeping your tabs “open” but in the background.

Backup Your Computer

There are 2 ways to backup your computer, via the cloud and via a backup storage drive.

You can copy/paste or export based on directions for each option.

Cloud Options:

Google Drive/Google Photos: Google Drive is a great option for many, as a majority of internet users already have a Gmail or Google Account. Another great feature is that multiple people can edit a document at once.

It autouploads all your images to google photos and can upload all the images from your phone through the app as well.

Pricing: 15GB (Free), 100GB ($1.99/month), 1TB ($9.99/month), 10TB ($99.99/month)

iCloud: For Mac Users

For mac and iphone users, this is an easy option because it syncs easily with Mac products.

Pricing: 5GB-(Free), 50GB-($.99 cents/month) 200GB-($2.99/month), 1TB-($9.99/month)


Popular for businesses, it’s a great way to share files.

Pricing: Basic-(Free), Pro 1 TB-($8.25/month), Business-unlimited-($12.50/month)

OneDrive: For PC Users (Office 365 Membership)

Great for those who use Office products like word and excel. Doesn’t work well on Mac computers.

Pricing: 50GB ($1.99 a month), 1TB-included in Office 365 membership

Flickr: For Photos Only

Great storage option for photos. Owned by Yahoo and can be used with a Yahoo account.

Pricing: 1TB (free), Pro with extra features ($5.99/month)

Crashplan (MN based company!)

In case of harddrive crash or fail, Crashplan lets you upload and sync your entire computer to their servers.

Pricing: 0-$12.50 a month, depending on the plan

External Hardrive

Having items backed up in other ways other than the cloud is a good idea. They can be stored in a safe or even brought to a safety deposit box in case of fire.

The following are the most well know brands. Usually 1 or 2 Terabytes (TB) is more than enough, unless you have large photos or videos than you may need larger sizes.


Western Digital

What do you use to organize and backup photos?

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