What is a backup?
A backup, in computer terms, is basically a copy of your files being stored on another media.
For example, you could copy the files from your computer hard drive to an external USB hard drive.
We’ll come back to other options later, but first, lets examine why.
Why should I backup?
Everyone who owns a computer should have a backup plan.
- Imagine YOUR computer hard drive crashed...
- Imagine YOUR computer is stolen...
- Imagine YOUR computer is destroyed in a house fire...
When I say computer I also include smart phones and tablets in the same category – essentially any computing device that creates and stores data.
Don't believe me?
Here are some real-life stats and stories for you...
- 30% of people have never backed up
- 113 phones lost or stolen every minute
- 29% of disasters are caused by accident
- 1 in 10 computers are infected with a virus every month
- 31% of PC users have lost all of their files due to events beyond their control
- 140,000 hard drives crash in the US every week
- 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down with 6 months of the disaster
Losing your data under any circumstance is a painful experience. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your personal data or your business data – it hurts!
Why do I need more than one backup?
When it comes to backing up your files it’s wise to remember the computer backup rule of three to help ensure that your data will last.
You need off-site backup storage, plus backups to different media types, plus multiple copies of everything you want to protect.
- 3 COPIES OF EVERYTHING
- 2 DIFFERENT MEDIA TYPES
- 1 OFF SITE BACKUP
To quote a popular phrase: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!”
- - Except at Easter, when you can definitely put all your chocolate eggs in one basket!
Call ComTech Computer Services so we can help you setup a backup plan that works great for your business.