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Healthy Data Backup Routines

By mnovak

Backup

There's nothing more irritating than losing important data we've been working on, say, a couple of hours. However, losing data which we've been meticulously collecting and polishing for months, or even years, is undoubtedly the worst disaster.

Although there are many ways and methods, most of which our BuzzAGeek specialists use, which can recover your lost data, sometimes it so happens that it's just not possible to successfully recover the data undamaged, and as a result, it might be significantly corrupted or recovered only partially.

This is of course the worst case scenario, nevertheless, when a great deal of important information is at stake, even the worst case scenario has to be taken into account.

Should a catastrophe happen, precautionary measures in data backup can save you a lot of nerves, money, and trouble.

That's why it's so important for us, everyday computer users, to backup our data regularly, and make a healthy routine out of ensuring that all of our important data is safe and sound, neatly tugged in an external drive, or one of the cloud storage services.

1. External Hard Drive (or SSD)

External Drive

Currently, even the spacious external drives can be obtained at a relatively low price. Depending on the amount of data you wish to back up, always make sure that you buy an external hard drive, or a solid-state drive (SSD) at least one third bigger than what you need. It's very unlikely that you'll ever need less space, and having those several gigabytes more will surely prove useful in the future.

If you're a newbie in terms of hardware, our Geeks will provide you with extensive information on external drives to help you pick out one that best fit your needs.

2. Cloud Storage Services

Backup Cloud

Cloud storage services are currently extremely popular and almost all of the manufacturers offer their own cloud storage services. Cloud storage services are convenient, exhibit attractive performance, and are on the whole perceived as reliable.

Popular cloud services include: GoogleDrive, OneDrive, Dropbox, (the three mentioned are ranked best as of 2015, for the rest of the ranking, refer here)

Remember: although cloud storage services are generally recommended and have positive reviews among users, keep in mind that this solution always bears a risk of your data being accessed by unwanted third parties. Many instances of such incidents can be quoted from 2014, for example Apple's iCloud hack. This leaves an external drive the most secure and solid method of having your data protected.

3. Restore Points

Restore points are useful in case none of the backup was done, and your computer doesn't want to log into your account. Restore point allows you to run your computer using the last working configuration.

This gives you a chance to make the backup of your data without worrying that you'll have to make a complete system reinstall and data wipe-out.

It's also worth mentioning that you should always have at least two partitions on your hard drive, or SSD – one for the operating system, and the other for your data, – this will let you reinstall your system without having to delete the data on the other partition.

4. Data Backup Software

There are many useful programs which allow you to schedule a regular data backup of the files and folders of your choice. Of course, you can always take a manual copy-paste approach, but the drawback of this method is that it takes quite a lot of time, plus it's not something we always remember to do.

Data backup programs make this whole process a lot of easier, saving you time and sparing a great deal of monotonous work.

Below you can find two reliable free data backup programs, and an additional paid one:

Cobian Backup

BackUp Maker

ShadowProtect Desktop (paid)

If you have any questions regarding the above mentioned data backup methods and solutions, contact our geeks for further information. We always look at our clients individually, tailoring the best IT solutions based on their actual needs.

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