Backup Backup Backup!
Why you should always back up your data.
The Whys and Hows
Backing up your data should be second nature to anyone that uses a computer for their work, to do their accounts, course work, store family photos, or pretty much anything else where you store files on your PC that you wish to keep.
If you are wondering if you should back-up then ask yourself this question: If my computer developed a fault whereby I was unable to retrieve anything stored on it, would that be a bad thing? If the answer is yes then you really need to think about backing up your data somewhere other than on your computer.
How do I backup my data?
There are many ways to back up computer data, from the low budget method of copying files to blank CD or DVD disks, to online storage services. Your choice will depend on the level of security you require, ease of access, and your budget.
Here are just a few ways you can backup your data:
- blank CDR/W or DVDR/W disks
- external USB memory stick or storage device
- shared Network storage drive
- online storage service
Note that if you plan to use the blank CD or DVD disk method that it is generally considered a good idea to make two copies on seperate disks each time you backup, and not to store them in the same place. A good tip is to give one copy to a friend or relation to store for you. You may wish to encrypt the backups to prevent prying eyes. The choice is yours.
Also note that if you plan to use an online storage service, you will need an internet connection in order to access your data, and if it is a lot of data make sure that it is a fast connection!
Getting into the habit of backing up your data makes good sense. Trust me, if your computer ever crashes and you can't access a report that needs to be in by tomorrow or last quarters company accounts, then that panic that sets in is not a nice feeling!
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Article date: 21st January 2011