Back it up Turbopeeps - 28th Jan 2013

We have heard more than a few data disaster stories down here at the Plex.

If you haven’t experienced losing valuable data yet, you’re one of the few lucky ones. But then again, it could only be a matter of time. Whether such loss is brought about by malware attack, accidental deletion of files, a crashed hard drive, stolen laptop, or major disaster, most of you will have to deal with data loss at some point.

But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. With the many options for data backup available today, keeping your business files, financial and personal records, music collection, family pictures, and all other important data secure is easier than ever before.

Here are the most common methods of backup that can ensure protection for your important data:
  • Use an external drive. Storing your data to an external hard drive is a quick and simple process. Just plug your storage device to the USB port of your computer or laptop, and once it is recognized by your system, you can click the files you want to backup and drag them to your external drive. Other than being a safe and convenient way of storing data, using an external drive also has the advantage of allowing you to backup even without internet connectivity. On the downside, if your external drive gets damaged or goes missing, then you’d have lost your backup data.
  • Use an offsite backup service. Also called online backup or cloud backup, an offsite backup service like carbonite.com allows you to upload a copy of all your data to a secure, offsite data center maintained by the service provider. This way, you don’t have to worry about getting your storage device locked in a safety deposit box or ending up with a damaged backup. Most online backup services are designed for ease of use so initiating backup of your entire computer can be done in just a few clicks. In addition, online backups run on a regular basis automatically (no need to perform them yourself) and you can access your data from any internet-connected device.

If you don’t know how to get started or which option is best for you, then get advice and technical help from a reliable IT guy. Remember that you don’t have to be a computer genius or even particularly tech-savvy to have a backup in place. But you do have to make data backup a priority because you never know when you may lose irreplaceable data.

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