Salvage your data: Backup now
From photos to videos and audios, from personal files to bank documents, we figuratively store our life within the memory drives of our computer. And one thing that matters the most is the preservation and safeguard of the same. Since there is no better solution than taking preventive measures when such data calamity occurs, taking a note from this article will help you to salvage your precious data.
Data loss: How does it occur?
Data is stored into the ROM within your computer. Present day computers have comparatively huge ROM than earlier ones. So more the storage space, more is your data being stored and more conscious you remain. Data loss these days can occur to anyone, anytime and the reasons are plenty. With the advent and advancement of the Internet over the last decade, the possibility if data threat also has widened. Viruses and malicious websites or malicious files downloaded within your computer can infest your stored files and corrupt those. Antivirus programs do detect such potential threats but some of those programs may also remove your infected files along with the viruses, thus a data loss once again. It can also happen that you accidentally have deleted your files. This already had happened to me! Again natural calamities like flood and fire or quake or possibly a theft can also lead to data loss.
Okay, I understand the need to back up my data, but how do I do it?
There can be multiple options for data replication like imaging or cloning. Cloning is suitable when you are switching to a bigger drive than your current one while imaging your files lets you copy those as-it-is somewhere like in an external drive which will let you get those all files in the same condition after an event of data loss.
Internal backups can also come handy if your main hard disk corrupts. You can recover data in few clicks. But this has its cons too. What if someone walks away with your computer without your notice? A fire or flood like disasters can make you lose the whole thing. So I would rather go for an external drive for saving my data.
Saving up data in external drive is not a daunting task at all. All you have to buy an external hard drive from the market. Those with higher storage space will be at the expensive end for sure. But the choice and requirement is up to you. You need to plug it into the Universal Serial Port (USB) of your computer and detection of it will be done by the computer automatically.
If it remains undetected, then check if you have plugged it right or not. On success, you can make folders within the external drive just like your internal hard drives and copy or drag-drop your files into it. It’s as simple as that. Once you’re done, you can unplug the drive and place it in a waterproof bag and place it somewhere safe and lock it up. So here your data is in complete safe custody. Try not to save bulks of data within your internal drives. Save those within such external hard drives and keep your internal ones free. This will boost up the processing speed of your computer greatly to your amaze. So I give external drives a ‘+1’.
You have one more option and that’s Cloud Computing. This is much in prevalence these days. But you’ve to be smart enough for using such options. Cloud storage is provided by some internet giants like Google, Microsoft and IBM. They provide storage to the users via internet. You need to have a valid account with them and through it you can upload your files to your account on their servers. Yes these are not non-profit applications and thus you get a limited amount of space in them. For more storage you need to buy from the provider firm. These are safe until some pro hacker tries to steal those. Of course those firms always try to keep their applications safe. So you can rely upon such on-air storage. The benefit of cloud storage is that your files are always with you. You can access them from anywhere and anytime. All you need is a working internet connection and a computer or a smart device.
The next option is to burn or write your data into CDs and DVDs. This is an old way of backing up your data but still it’s certainly a way to do it. CDs will provide you with less storage when compared to DVDs. Depending upon your need you can opt one between these two. CDs and DVDs also come in re-writable format. So you can burn it with newer data within some already burnt DVD. And these are also easier to carry than external hard drives.
Certain soft-wares also come with features like auto-backup and you can select the files which you require a backup for. These soft-wares create a backup of those files and saves it in your selected destination safely.
So basically there are multiple choices for someone looking for performing data backup. Data loss almost occurs within a fraction of time with very less chance to diagnose the cause beforehand. So being proactive will always help to save you a life-worth of data, if not, at least limit the occurred damage.