Digital data is vital and chances are that you might lose a necessary file if you failed to back up. Backing up your data is easy but you must be consistent and make extra copies of all your tax, financial and business records along with email messages, text documents, photos and videos which have been transferred from your smartphones and digital cameras.
Comprehensive Data Offsite Backup Techniques
- When you do a complete offsite backup, it will enable you to recover your data rapidly in case of some disaster like drive failure. However, you will need to invest in a good hard drive. Creating a drive image makes more sense immediately after reinstalling Windows. An image of your Windows patched copy along with important programs configured as per your specifications is necessary.
- If you are short on time, you can simply offsite backup your data folders and files. You can then use original discs to reinstall your applications and operating system.
The default setting on your computer usually dumps your folders and files into the ‘My Documents’ folder. This is a bad idea, however, since the folder is present in the Windows boot partition which is one of the most crowded and vulnerable areas on your hard disc. When you form a new partition for your data, backup becomes safer and easier as it avoids overwriting files during the reinstallation of Windows.
How Can You Partition?
- You can choose operating system’s C: drive and then create a new partition D: to store your applications while another drive E: serves as the safe for your financial and business data. Any videos, sounds and images may be stored in a separate partition marked F:
- Third-party programs which are available for a moderate cost make it easy to develop new hard-drive partitions while resizing existing ones.
Choosing the Best Medium
Offsite backup relies on multiple sites and multiple copies. Since media is prone to corruption, you can backup data to different sets of DVDs, CDs and other types of media. This depends on the size of the data. The ideal choice is DVD since they are reasonably priced and they store a lot of data. Another good idea is to buy an external hard drive but they can be expensive.
You can opt for offsite backup through online services though they charge a monthly fee and can be rather slow if you do not have a broadband Internet connection. However, they are suitable if you wish to backup a substantial amount of valuable data since online happens to be the safest place for storing files within easy reach.
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