Backing up your files is very important, because you never know
what might happen. Disaster can happen any time without warning.
Disaster can range from any for of bad weather, theft , accidental
deletion or hardware failure. Most people would say that it is either
a pain to backup, or I will do it later. Trust me when disaster
happens you will kick yourself for not doing it.
In this article I will go over the different type of backup, and
what is available to help you protect your valuable files. The
different types of backup include on site, and off site backups.
On Site Backup
On site backup consist of having more then one copy of your files.
These files consist of your work files, pictures, videos, music,
You should have a least 2 backups of your files because you never
know when the backup media you choose can go go bad. I suggest that
you use external hard drives, because they are cheap, and you get
the most bang for your buck. Other forms media can include USB thumb
drives, CDs or DVDs. Some people use a Drobo
or a NAS
to backup there files.
There are many great software programs available to help you backup
your important files. There are both free and paid. programs to
backup your files. Some of these are Allsync,
Allway Sync, Cobian
Sugar Sync, and
Windows, Mac OSX and Linux have there own program to back up your
files Windows has “Backup and Restore”, OS X has “Time
Machine”, and Linux has a great downloaded package called
“Simple Backup Suite” You can get Simple Backup Suite at
Off Site Backup
Off site backup is a backup of your files that is not in the
location you work on, or use them. You can take a copy to files, a
friend's, a family member's house, etc. You can also use an online
service to backup your files.
There are many services that allow you to back up your files online.
Some services offer free storage and more if you pay for it. Some of
these are are Dropbox, Sugar
Drive, ICloud, SkyDrive.
and Carbonite. These
services work by installing software on your PC to sync the files on
yourPC with the cloud. Click on the links above to decide which one
is best for you. You can also use email to backup the occasional
file or two.
Now you might be think what about security. Well they all say that
they are secure. You can use a program like Truecryprt.
if you feel like you want to be more secure
After reading this article you should have no excuses not to back up
your precious files.