Foundations of Computer Maintenance
There are countless computer issues that can wreak havoc at a moment’s notice. What I have learned over the years is that many of these issues can be traced back to only a handful of causes and totally prevented in most cases.
I will refer to these core solutions as the Foundations of Computer Maintenance. Immediately putting these Foundations into place will solve or completely prevent computer disasters. These Foundations are Power, Security and Data Backup.
In this 3 part series I will detail each of the Foundations and outline a good, better and best method that any user can implement to avoid common computer problems.
Part 3: Data Backup
In Part 2 of this series we covered Security (read here if you missed it). In this section we’ll cover data backup and give you some alternatives you can implement right away.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
Data is the most valuable thing on your computer and other devices and you most likely have multiple computers with valuable data. This data can become quite difficult to manage let alone keep an up to date copy of your most important stuff. The true essence of data backup is having at least one copy of your data in a safe place. Ideally you’d have more than one copy and not keep all your data in one basket so to speak.
The goal of this article is to give you some options to start backing up your data right away. Some of these options are very simple and others require a small bit of technical know how.
There are so many ways to actually backup your data. That is the main reason it has taken me so long to put this article together. I help people and businesses solve technology issues everyday yet it is difficult to layout an easy to follow data backup and disaster recovery plan. With so many factors to take into consideration it’s impossible to craft a one size fits all solution.
These factors include:
As you can see from the list above there are many options to consider when deciding on the best way to backup your data. Decide what’s important for you and your backup needs from this list and use it to evaluate the many options that are out there.
Or you can just implement one of the options I’ve put together for you below.
Dropbox – A fantastic and easy to use application that you can put on PC’s, Mac’s, Tablets and Phones. It will definitely backup your data in near realtime (automagically), but it also ‘syncs’ your data. One of the most useful features is when you take pictures on your phone it will automatically save them and sync them to your Dropbox folder on your PC or Mac. Read More or Get Dropbox Here
iDrive – A very cheap (less than $50/year) yet powerful backup that gives you 1TB (1000 GB) of cloud storage. iDrive has many features included that other companies charge extra for. It actually covers all the options listed above including a true hybrid backup to local and cloud. It’s easy to use, allows multiple users / devices, mobile access, versioning, etc. It also allows you to backup your external hard drives! Most major cloud providers charge extra fees to do this.
Investigate or Sign Up for iDrive here
CloudBacko + Amazon AWS – This is a very powerful combination, however, it’s not very easy to setup. Amazon AWS is a very powerful and super inexpensive cloud platform with over 800 services. Data storage is one of them and CloudBacko can be configured to backup your data to your Amazon AWS account. This requires some configuration, but once setup it’s very powerful. It also performs the backup operation very fast.
CloudBacko can also be setup to backup your data to a local hard drive, network hard drive and other cloud providers. And, as of the time of writing this, there is no monthly fee or annual fee. It’s a one time fee of $9 or $39 for the business ‘PRO’ version.
I highly recommend this option for businesses. If you are technically savy or love figuring out techy things then this is the option for you.
Checkout CloudBacko Here
Read More about Amazon AWS S3 here
Learn about Amazon AWS Glacier
If we have learned anything today hopefully it’s that to have a real data backup your data should be in more than one place and that there are many ways to do this. Let me know if you have any questions or if you need help implementing a data backup solution that works for best for you.