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All About Disaster Recovery and Data Backup

disaster recoveryYou never know when disaster is going to strike. If you’ve ever had a computer crash and haven’t had your work backed up to an external source, you know the crushing feeling of losing a lot of information. Backing up your data can save you from losing important information and give you a way to retrieve documents from a secondary source. The importance of backing up your data can’t be overstated, but how can you do it? You can back your data up in a vast array of ways. It’s also important to consider what data really needs to be backed up so you’re not overloading your backup device.

Backup Options
There are a ton of options out there for backing up your data. Cloud computing is quickly becoming one of the most popular backup options among companies because it has so many perks (even outside of data backup). You can access the information from the Cloud anywhere with an internet connection. It’s incredibly convenient and can save you a ton of money in the long run. You can also opt to get an external hard drive, flash drive, or CD/DVD, all of which will allow you to back things up. The nice part about these is that they’re fairly secure and you can take them anywhere, no internet required. The drawback is that they’re also susceptible to disaster.

What should you back up?
First thing’s first: it’s important to have 3 copies of everything, just in case one of your backups fails. Make sure that you use two of the options above, preferably one from each category. You’ll want to back up anything that’s really important to you personally or to your business. Downloaded content can usually be re-downloaded in the event of an accident. Anything that is vital to your personal or business records should be backed up, and often. Financial statements, client documents, and anything you need to run your business are all important. Remember, this is disaster recovery.

How often should you back things up?
This really depends on what you’re backing up and how often you create new documents. For companies, it’s best to back your data up every day. You don’t want anything to put you behind or lose information on vital projects. Anytime you add something important to your computer, you should make  a point to back it up. Otherwise, if you only create every so often, you should back up about once a week.

If you have a lot of information to back up and need to know the best way for your company, you should get in contact with professionals who have a lot of experience in the IT field!

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Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2065126/the-absurdly-simple-guide-to-backing-up-your-pc.html