Ways To Prevent Data Recovery Nightmares
According to one published survey, only 10% of home computer users back up files on a daily basis. This includes individual users and people operating small home businesses. This is surprising given the possibility of hard disc death, inadvertent erasures and malware that can induce computer self-destruction.
Physical Media for IT Storage
Additionally, the majority of users that back up files favor backup systems employing storage on physical media: USB flash drives, Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Secure Digital cards, flash memory, thumb drives, etc. With the exception of fast and large – 500GB to TBs – solid-state drives, most of these media have relatively small capacities.
Moreover, all these media must connect to the computer for backup and retrieval and are as susceptible to electronic corruption as a computer’s hard disk. If adhering to periodic backups, it is a good idea to invest in data recovery software. This software is relatively inexpensive, but it should have multi-file-system compatibility and be able to retrieve data deleted from the internal hard drive and “external” backup storage devices.
Unfortunately, usually these backup systems remain connected to the computer or are stored in close proximity. Consequently, both backup and original data will be lost in the event of fire, flood or physical destruction. Hard discs that suffer damage can be sent out for data recovery. However, the recovery process is costly, time consuming and often fails – in part or totally.
Although data transfer over the Internet is much slower than for transfer to electronic media, only remote backup storage provides true protection from the nightmare of total data loss – both original and backup. For home residences, upload speed can be a drawback that can limit backup storage to relatively small amounts of high value data. Back up your data!
Data backup might be limited to irreplaceable photo and video file and data files that would require a large amount of backtracking to recover. For a small business, the number of files will be larger in number and size and historical data may be legally required. Downloading time may simply be a necessary inconvenience for dependable backup. As broadband Internet access becomes more available, remote backup services will gain in popularity.
Cloud Storage is an option!
Cloud storage services can be relatively inexpensive for a personal computer, small home network or home business. Ideally, you should choose an online backup service that fits your needs in size and provides efficient data storage. It should provide a user-friendly interface requiring little more than choosing the files you want stored. Recovery of files should be equally efficient. For personal or customer data, files should be transmitted using encryption.
An added incentive for online data storage is 24/7 access to your data anywhere in the world. In addition, that access is available to your family and friends at your discretion. Simply choose the files you want to open for sharing, and the users you authorize can access the data.
John Anderson is a techy. When he’s not working dillegently to assist a customer with managed IT services over at My IT Pros, he’s creating some sweet gaming systems (computers) at home.
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