In today’s data driven world, computer data can be very important to us, especially for those who use a computer to make a living. The best way to prevent such a loss is to back the data up by copying it to an external storage file a minimum of once a week with once a day being the recommended frequency.
One way to back up your important data is to burn it onto high capacity CD or DVD disks. And if you use CD/RW or DVD/RW disks you’d be able to add more information after the initial back up.
Whether you want a full data backup, or just copies of specific files and programs, backing up your data can save you a lot of aggravation, time and sometimes money by keeping your computer data safe.
The type of backup you decide on depends on what you use your computer for. Personal data may not be as critical as business data that keeps track on who owes you money or what orders you need to fill from your inventory.
There are five main methods that can be used for backup. They include the following:
- Full backup – as it implies, the whole hard drive is copied on a frequency the user chooses. This method might be the most useful for the many functions of a business.
- Differential backup – is used for file that have been changed or upgraded. A computer used for controlling inventory or tracking investments might benefit from the method.
- Disk imaging – Can be used for either back up of the entire hard drive or specific files that the user chooses. This is one of the most versatile methods.
- Unattended backup – This allows the user to set the backup software to copy the files the files he/she chooses even if they are not there to monitor the backup.
- Snapshot backup – This will mirror your hard drive at a specific instance so data at that time can be easily reproduced.
A few things to remember when choosing software for the backup method you need; price is definitely a factor but its best not to skimp if your need for reliability is critical. Also, most backup software is easy to use even if you’re a computer novice. It comes with directions that are easy to read and understand.
The best remote backup systems are internet based. This means that the backup program sends the data to an offsite server on a schedule you set, usually in the evenings when the computer is idle. These services provide excellent security and adequate storage space for your data.
It’s prudent to research remote backup services and purchase only the features that you think you’ll need for your situation. Features such as expandability, security and disaster recovery will help get your computer up and running after a crash.
Many remote backup programs offer free trials and demos. It’s a good idea to take advantage of these offers before purchasing a remote backup system for your computer.