This is your warning. Your data, be it text, pictures, spread sheets.
videos, music, are all stored as electronic bits on a surface. Your
precious data can be gone in an instant. I'm not telling you this to
scare you. Well, yes I am trying to scare you.
If it's important to
you, then make a back-up copy. If it's your business, make two back-ups,
one local and one off-site.
Not a day goes by that I don't hear someone tell me their computer
has crashed and they have no back-up or they have not backed up in a
while. Which is the same as no back-ups.
Many things can happen; power surge, device failure, software glitch,
and worst of all, oops - user error. Your data can go missing and data
recovery can be very expensive. In the case of device failure, it may be
There are several realistic methods for backing up data. The best backup
method for your data depends upon many factors, including: the importance of the
data, the amount of data to be backed up, and the funds available for backup.
Here are some of the most commonly used data backup solutions.
Flash memory, also known as memory sticks, flash drives, or thumb
drives, are a suitable solution for data backup when the backup amount is
somewhat small. Flash memory drives are easy to plug into any PC with a USB
port. These drives offer unlimited rewrite capabilities and are available in
capacities ranging anywhere from 64 MB to 32 GB. Flash memory data durability is
estimated to be roughly 10 years. Another advantage of flash memory is that data
stored on flash drives is not susceptible to damage caused by magnets.
DVD backup is a practical alternative for home
users and small businesses. DVD technologies include DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R,
DVD+R, DVD-RAM, as well as dual layer DVD technologies. Single-layer DVDs can
hold up to 4.7 GB of data and dual-layer DVDs can hold up to 8.5 GB. DVD
technology is a suitable option for storing backup data medium amounts of backup
As the prices of hard drives are dropping each
year, individuals and businesses are turning to hard drives as a backup option.
Copying and retrieving data from separate hard drives is very easy. The primary
disadvantages are cost and the worry that a
malware attack which affects
the primary hard drives could also effect the backup hard drives.
Combined with their decreased accessibility and
the advances made in the availability of such storage devices as the CD-R, the
CD-RW, and the DVD-R, tape backups have become less popular and practically
obsolete for home computer users. However, tape backup is still the primary
backup method used in business environments. Tape backups are available in
numerous capacities such as 4mm helical for low-end systems, 8mm helical scan
technology for mid-range systems, and
LTO for high-end systems.
Compared to several other media solutions, tape drives typically provide the
highest storage capacities at the lowest cost. One drawback to keep in mind,
however, is the write speed of these drives, which is comparatively low.
Online storage is one of the newest methods of
storing your files, of course backup data also. Online storage solutions enable
people to upload their data to a reliable server located in a secure
environment. Another advantage of storing files online is that users can access
these files from any location as long as they have a computer with Internet
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