Data Backup

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Undoubtedly, there is some piece of data that is very important to you, whether it be photos of loved ones, a company Quickbooks file, or your Outlook file that has all of your contacts and email history. What would happen if you lost those files? In many cases, people have backed up their important data, but what if you haven’t had the opportunity, or even thought about backing up those photos or files? If your hard drive dies, you may have to consult us for Data Recovery, which is a less than ideal situation because the files can become unrecoverable. If you have managed to back up your data, you need to be sure you’re using current methods that will effectively have your data in a recoverable state, even in the worst case scenario. While many people used CDs or DVDs to backup their data, it is no longer considered an acceptable practice due to extreme size limitations, the potential for scratched discs, and for many people, being able to lose the CD is too easy a task. For helping setting up effective data backup methods, give us a call.

Backup Methods Pros and Cons

Local Backups Internal Hard Drive

Pros:

  • Easy to do
  • Easily accessible
  • Separate drive from operating system

Cons:

  • No protection from surges (If your computer gets zapped, both drives can be totally ruined)
  • No protection from natural disasters (fire or tornado destroys the computer)
  • Drive can still die
  • Dependent on whether user has currently backed up information (unless continuous backup software is in place)
  • Susceptible to ransom-ware

Local Backups External Hard Drive

Pros:

  • Easy to do
  • Easily accessible
  • Separate drive from operating system
  • Separate drive from computer (prevention from surges)

Cons:

  • No protection from natural disasters (fire or tornado destroys the computer)
  • Drive can still die, or get lost
  • Dependent on whether user has currently backed up information (unless continuous backup software is in place)
  • Susceptible to ransom-ware

Online Backups (Cloud Storage)

 

 

Pros:

  • Separate drive from operating system
  • Separate location from computer (protects against surges, crashed drives, and natural disasters)
  • Continuous backup (most recent files that were used)
  • Not susceptible to ransom-ware due to multiple version backups

Cons:

  • Information is kept off site
    • Yes this is a pro and con. Data security can be an issue due to being stored on a different location, but these services use 2048-bit encryption (bank and government level) to secure your data.

Top Cloud Storage Providers

Carbonite

Cloud Storage Data Backup Carbonite

Dropbox

Cloud Storage Data Backup Dropbox

SugarSync

Cloud Storage Data Backup Sugar Sync

iCloud