BBB Tips for Backing Up Data

Critical information on your computer, laptop and other devices can be lost when your hard drive becomes corrupted, malware corrupts data or natural disasters destroy some or all of what you own. With a solid backup and recovery plan, however, you have a greater chance of recovering from any of these scenarios; without one, those chances are significantly diminished.

Computer users have the option of doing a full backup each and every time or an incremental backup, which updates only those files that have been changed since the last full backup. Whatever style you choose, you should check on your backup data periodically to ensure it’s there.

Where to store your backups?

An external drive is one of the more common methods to backup information on your computer. To use this method, an additional device must be purchased and connected to your computer. If the external device is disconnected, the backup will not be performed as scheduled.

Cloud-based backups are becoming more common. Things to consider if using the cloud is cost, location of storage and security controls that the cloud provider has in place.

Hard-drive backups are easy to implement and comes with no additional costs. The downside is you could lose all information if you incur a serious hard-drive failure.

What’s your plan? Better Business® Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming offers the following considerations:

  • How important is the information on your systems or devices? For critical information such as contact lists, email, financial transactions or related business files, you may want to have redundant backup. For less important information, you could back up information with less frequency.

  • How often does the information change? The frequency of change can affect  how often information should be backed up. Critical information that changes daily should be backed up daily.

  • How quickly do you need to recover the information? Time is an important factor in creating a backup plan. For critical information, such as business files, you may need to recover your information quickly.

  • Do you have resources to perform backups? You must have backup hardware of sufficient capacity and software to perform backups.

  • What is the best time to schedule backups? Scheduling backups when system use is as low as possible (such as overnight) will speed the backup process.

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