When was the last time you administered a backup on your data?
Can’t remember when? Many users found this practice quite daunting because of laziness, procrastination and excuses.
That I’ll-do-it-tomorrow kind of attitude won’t work especially if you’re working with important files and you negligently save them to your PC or laptop hard drive without a regular data backup method.
Time and time again, people talk about their new external hard disk in terabytes storage capacity to back up photos, documents, videos and music. That’s great, but it doesn’t only work that way.
Why backup your files regularly?
There’s a rule of thumb when backing up your data: your files should be saved in at least two places, or it is no longer called a backup. Backing them in your hard drive is not enough, and we don’t advise you to use USB drive alone or stack a rack of CDs and DVDs. Fortunately, with today’s technology, there are many options you can choose from.
Regular backups are necessary to avoid file theft and breach of private information that could affect your personal life and company’s private files. On top of that, regular backup habits can save you from accidents and unfortunate events that may jeopardize important data files.
Backup your data in two ways
There are two ways you can conduct a regular backup: online and offline backup.
There are quite a few reliable online backup services to choose from, and the good thing about it is that you don’t have to deal with external drives. If you don’t mind leaving your data to a third-party service and restoring your archive of files from the server, which would take you an extreme amount of time to download all of them, then this solution is for you. If you don’t have a ton of personal files, this option is recommendable.
Some online backup solutions are available for free, and quite a good number of them offer a premium package you can choose from, depending on the storage capacity. Dropbox is a widely used and known public cloud storage service solution available for everyone.
If you’re a small, medium or large enterprise that has robust data needed for backup, there are a few well-trusted and secured online backup solutions to match your needs. Rackspace is one of them, and it offers an array of backup solutions to maintain your business operation.
On the other hand, if you want to backup data offline, you can invest on external drives. Frankly, this backup is tedious since you’ll have to do it manually, but if you’re not comfortable in putting your sensitive data to public cloud providers, this is a great option.
Best Backup Strategies in Combos
It’s best to backup your data in various strategies:
- Create a system image and save it to external drive
- Use online and offline tools, but don’t delete the files in the primary PC
- Backup important files via online backup service (public or private cloud)
Remember, your data must exist in at least two places. Be sure you do this on a weekly basis. You may also schedule your PC automatically for daily or weekly backup if you’re using a local source (hard disk).
About the author:
Krisette is a geeky girl who loves discovering new ways in which technology can help to streamline business and make working more effective.