Prevention is Better than Cure – Ways to Backup your Data

data-lossHave you experience losing all your data due to viruses and other deadly programs attack or malfunction device  and saying that “I should have backup all my data”. Losing data is one of the worst nightmare of any computer users like loosing saved pictures, copies of programs, movies, games and documents or worst having to lost business data, financial and legal information without any way of recovering. If you are one those people then may be its too late to recover all your hard work files and data but it is not too late to prevent it from happening again. BACKUP your all your data that is best way to save you from an unimaginable major disaster of losing important data.

Anyone who has computer, PDA or any other data storing machines should have a regular backup schedule and must have a solid and reliable backup solution tools and device. There’s no such thing as backing up digital information too much, or too often you should do this regularly and as often as possible.

The following backup technologies can be coordinated to provide reliable, convenient backups – and peace of mind.

Hard Drives – Hard drives are a great backup solutions typically for households and small businesses. You can store up to 1 terabyte of data or even more on a single drive. Therefore, many backups of entire hard drives can be stored in one place. But like other things sooner or later it will fail at some point or another, whether due to mechanical malfunction, damage or age or even deadly program attacks.

The technique is to use several drives instead of a big one. you can copy data several times on different drives to prevent data loss. You  can accomplished this by using RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) technology, RAID grouped multiple drives so the computer will see them as one device. RAID controllers are bought separately to manage the array. RAID software makes backing up data automatic and easy to access.

If you have a small business networks or home networks multiple computers can be backed up onto a hard drive or drives, even at the same time.

Another tip is to make sure that all important informations are stored on different drives because at any moment when disaster strikes like lightning strike, power surge, flood or fire could wipe out all hard drives and backups at one physical location. So it is always best to use multiple hard drives in backing up data and store data in remote places.

Flash Drives/Thumb drives

These type of technology are very handy for data storage and it makes transporting of files more easy and convenient but flash drives is limited in terms of capacity and known to be less robust compared to hard drives. Flash drives are intended to complement hard drive rather than replace one.

The disadvantage of using this as a backup device is that these small devices are more prone to mechanical failure and much easier to misplace, damage or erase. This device also requires additional work because it requires to be connected to the computer at the time of backing up.

Online Storage

Online backup is an excellent way of backing up your data but make sure that your online backup service provider is very reliable. Unless you have good a backup service provider don’t just upload files, choose wisely, select the best service and the service taht also suits your needs. online backups make a great deal of good sense in combination with other backup solutions.

DVD / CD

This is the most common way of backing up of data. DVD/CD disk can be stored easily in other locations, and can be burned according to an automated schedule. However, automated backups to DVD or CD only work when a writeable disc is in the disk drive at the right time. Rewriteable discs can cut down on the cost and clutter of many backups, while ensuring that there’s always a valid disc in the drive. Compared to other backup solution these solution is only best for small and occasional backup because of limited space.

PCTechNotes Tip: ALWAYS, ALWAYS VERIFY BACKUP FILES

Always check if your backup files are working. Just because it appears data has been successfully backed up doesn’t mean it’s accessible or recoverable. Every backup file, on every backup device, should always be opened and tested to make sure it works.