“Back-ups, Back-ups, and more Back-ups”
In a place of business, not much can be quite
as stressful as computer failure. But we all know that it could happen.
That’s why it is essential to have a “back-up plan.” If one
computer fails, we can resort to our back-up plan and get back to
It is a good idea to protect your data by performing
routine back-ups. Routine back-ups require software and removable
media, such as CDs, external hard drives or tape back-ups. CDs are good
for personal use because they are inexpensive and easy to use. However,
CDs can only be used for small amounts of data, while external hard
drives can be used for large amounts. But, external HDs are expensive,
and if the HD fails, so do your back-ups. For businesses or residences
with large amounts of data, tape back-ups are recommended so you can
have multiple copies of your back-ups.
For now, use whatever means you might have.
Whatever the means of back-up you choose to use, make
sure that you know how to confirm that the back-up was successful, and
how to restore your data. NICE Net Techs recommends that businesses use
nightly back-ups. For residential computers, weekly or monthly back-ups
on an external media (such as CDs, external hard drives and tapes) would
be best. Remember, the more back-ups that you perform, the more likely
your data will be restorable.
Here is a list of common things to back-up:
Save your original computer CDs and back-ups in a safe place away
form your PC in case of fire or theft. Before you throw away data
back-ups that may be too old, shred them to help keep your data from
being found and used by someone else.