One of the things that I encounter the most when working on a client’s computer, is that they either don’t know where their data is or they’ve not backed it up recently. Unfortunately, it’s usually when they’ve lost a hard drive or have some pretty nefarious malware and their data is irretrievable. I recommend that all computer users devise some computer backup scenario, and use it frequently. Here are three different scenarios that can be implemented:
- Most new computer systems come with a vendor provided backup solution. This can be used to completely backup your data. Unfortunately, this is not a free option. But then again, what price do you place on your data?
- You can sign up with a data backup service that will back up your data. One such service is Carbonite (www.carbonite.com). Carbonite is also a paid solution. Those users fortunate enough to have an Apple product have access to the iCloud which automatically backs up your device.
- Finally, you can purchase an external hard drive and backup your data there. This is the option I use and you can purchase a 3 TB (terrabyte) hard drive that connects to your network for a small investment these days. Some drives even come with software to automatically backup your computer on a periodic basis.
The thing to remember about all of these scenarios, is that you need to know where your data is. I have a folder on my computer in which I keep all data. I also configure all programs I use to automatically put the files in this folder.
If you need assistance setting up a backup solution, contact the Good Egg for help. And remember, eiather back up your data or lose it.