How many times am I going to fix a bad hard drive, or a corrupted hard drive, or a virus, work, trojan attack and find out the client doesn’t back up their data? First of all, I shouldn’t complain. Business is business. I perhaps put more importance on my family photos or my banking information than other people.
Ok, let’s not over do the negativity. It has never been easier to back up your data. Flash drives (thumb drives) have never been cheaper. External Hard drives have never been cheaper. It is so easy to back up your data on some of these products that it is almost plug and play.
It’s never enough though just to back it up once. In coming posts we will discuss different options to backup your data. Suffice it to say though that best practices call for you to back up your data on three (3) different media choices.
1) back up your data on something easy to use, carry, store and keep (flash drives would be good)
2) Then you should back up your data on (maybe) a DVD disc or an external hard drive that you keep handy.
3) Thirdly, you should have your (what if?) backup. What if your house burned down or was broken in to and you lose your backup hard drive? If you had the third backup stored at you Mother-in-Law’s house then you could restore your data.
So first a flash drive, then an external hard drive, and finally some media off site and safe.
Bye for now!!