Options for Backing Up Your Computer
You have probably heard why golfers wear two pairs of pants: in case they get a hole-in-one. Presidents usually have a vice-president. Police entering a dangerous situation often call for backup. Yes, in many different situations in life it is good to have a backup plan.
For most of us nowadays, our lives are on digital devices:
Do you have a backup plan for these important memories, reminders, work and entertainment? Just as there are many reasons to have a backup plan, there are many options for you to consider on how to put that plan in to place.
These types of backups would include any means where you, as the computer user, make a decision and push a button to save a project, a photo, or anything else you are working on. This will allow you to go back to that file and find it in the condition in which you saved it. In many cases, this is saved on the device on which you are working, such as your hard drive.
For a special project, a specific vacation, a wedding, or other event, you could save it to a CD, DVD, or Blue-Ray disc to be viewed later or even to share it on another device.
For backing up an entire computer and operating system, some have opted to use an external hard drive. In this way, if something ever happens to your computer, anything that you remembered to save to the external HD could be restored.
The trend now is to store data with an online or cloud based data storage service.
With these options:
- You need to remember to perform the backup, leaving an opening for human error
- They may be susceptible to theft or damage
- They may be time consuming and discourage their practice
- They can be costly
- They will usually have limits to the amount of data that can be stored
Despite some of these challenges, it is still important to decide which method(s) would work best for you. Not having a protection - is not a wise option.
As the name implies, these are backups that would take place on a predetermined schedule. They utilize software programs that will utilize some of the above mentioned backup options. The biggest advantage to this method is that it minimizes human error. They do require the user to define what they want to save, how often to save it, and where the information should be saved. By being able to control these factors, you are able to maximize your storage space and minimize the cost.
The Right Solution
That will be for you to decide depending on what you want to accomplish. But it is easy to deduce that your backup plan should include a combination of the above methods. Utilizing a software program that automates the process will give you the most peace of mind and security knowing that you won’t ever suffer a permanent data loss.
Download a FREE TRIAL VERSION of SecureBackup software produced by SecureData Inc. Our software combines the methods mentioned in the article to allow you to protect your valuable files and information. You are able to send simultaneous backups to as many destinations as you feel are practical. It performs your backups in the background without interfering with whatever you are working on. You receive an email notification every time a backup has been performed.
You can be confident that our years of experience in the data recovery services industry means that we have put into place many protocols that make SecureBackup a very secure, yet simple answer to your question as to how you should backup your data. If you need help deciding which option is right for you, we are happy to share our expertise with you. Give us a call at 1-800-875-3230.