What would you do if you had a complete data loss on your desktop computer? Would it bring you crashing to a stand still? For most people the answer would be yes. They do not consider their pc backup until it is too late and they have lost vital files and information that was essential to their computer working. Do you have your data backed up? It is important that you have systems in place, for your desktop computers and notebooks, should this ever happen to you.
Backups are essentially copies of important information. There are a few ways that you can back up your data as well as a few things to consider when doing a pc backup of your information. The ways you can backup data are: hard disc, server for LAN (Local Area Network), a partition and a database. There are a few products on the market that can help you with your backup plan.
Three of the best crucial memory backups are actually generic memory backups that you can find at many discount computer hardware stores and websites. One website in particular rates the top ten backup systems available on the market. This website is http://data-backup-software-reviewtopten reviews.com. Three of their top rated back up plans for generic memory backups are: the Genie Background Manager (ranked the best overall), the Aconis True Image and the NTI Backup Tool. The Genie is sold for around $49.95 but does not have the backup capabilities that the NTI does. The NTI is $74.99 so you will pay less for the Genie.
Other options would include online backup services, such as Carbonite and Mozy. Similar in price and features, these run in the backgound while you’re working on your computer. I spent under $50 for 1 year with Carbonite. The initial backup usually takes a few days to a week, depending on the amount of data you have. Mine took nearly a week using Carbonite. The one thing that disappoints me is that Carbonite does not automatically backup video files, which is something I have a LOT of, due to the fact that I’m always creating video tutorials for my E-Learning Center. I have to remember to tag each new folder I have that has video in them. I decided it was easier to have an local external backup drive that I use just for my videos.
You need to know the difference between a backup and an archive. The archive is the primary copy and backups are the secondary copy of your vital information. Before you make that purchase you will need to address: the RPO (Recovery Point Objective), the RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and the generic memory data security. You will also need to consider the system impacts, the bandwidth speed and the cost for initial installation and maintenance.
Once you have an understanding about how a pc backup works, you will be able to perform crucial memory backups that are absolutely essential if you do not want a system crash to leave you stranded. If you are unclear as to what is vital and what is not, then you can always ask someone that is computer savvy to help you out. Just make sure you do a backup as soon as possible.
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