Effective Ways To Backup Your Files

 In Technology

You probably don’t realize it, but as long as you work with a computer, your data is always at risk of getting lost. There are plenty of ways in which you can lose important data from your computer. That’s exactly why you need to start taking data/file backup seriously.

Losing files can cause serious damage to your work and even to your personal life. For example, if you’re the accountant of a company and you store all the files in your system, a data loss scenario could put you out of a job and even shut down the business. So, the next time you’re on the computer, try and follow these simple data backup strategies. They are highly effective and will go a long way in protecting your data.

Local backup

If you can’t use complex back-up mechanisms, then don’t worry. Just create a local backup by transferring your files to an external hard disk. This is the easiest way to backup data without any hassles. However, do make sure that the disk is accessible only to you, especially if you’re transferring sensitive files. Also, handle the disk with care. Moving it around too much can cause damage. Backing up your data this way can save you time and also, make the data available to you immediately.

Cloud backup

The advantage with cloud backup is that there are no risks of physical failure, unlike the risks you have with a hard disk or CD. Plus, cloud storage is more of a service offered by providers, which means they’ll pay extra attention to the security of your data, leaving you with very little to worry about. Even the security infrastructure is maintained by the cloud service provider, which means robust protection for your files. However, a cloud service will require you to have a constant connection to the internet and if you deal with large files, then you’ll need a seriously fast connection. Above all, you may have to pay for the service.

Use both

If you can afford it, then there’s nothing like having a remote backup along with a local backup. This way, you can be sure that at least one of them will be available to you during a time of crisis. Plus, you also get the flexibility of choosing between the two backup options depending on circumstances. For example, if you’re travelling to a remote location with no internet, then the local backup in your external hard disk will come in handy. Similarly, you could use the cloud backup to access your files at work and leave the hard disk at home. That way, your hard disk won’t be at constant risk of physical damage.

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