Accidents happen. Ransomware, a failed hard drive, water spillage, electrical surges, theft, or fire… In a heartbeat, your precious family photos or essential files can be damaged or destroyed. Data Backups provide assurance that you will always be able to access and restore your photos, music, and files from another source.
Whether you choose to back up to an external drive or a cloud-based service, or both (my personal recommendation), you can protect yourself from the stress and heart-break that a data loss can incur.
If you have already experienced the stress that a data loss can cause, then you already understand the importance of creating a Data Backup Plan to protect yourself from the sudden loss of your files. Data Backups can be done in a few different ways:
- External Hard Drive – Techie Becky will copy all of your important files and photos to another hard drive that you can store away from your computer. This way you will have a separate copy of your most important data stored in a safe place.
- Backblaze Cloud Backup Service – Techie Becky will set up an annual service called Backblaze on your computer in which all of your important photos and files will be copied to a server (a very large, highly encrypted computer) in other, multiple locations.
- Redundant Backup – This is the Data Backup Plan that Techie Becky personally uses and recommends. It is always a good idea to have two backups of your data if you have any concern of loss. Techie Becky chooses to make backups of her data to both an External Hard Drive and Backblaze Cloud Backup Service. This way, she knows that every file and version of every file will be protected and can be easily accessed and restored if need be.
*These Data Backups will not backup programs like Microsoft Word, Google Chrome, or Skype. If you were to experience a hard drive failure, you would need to reinstall such programs manually. Techie Becky can always make an “Image” of your hard drive if you are concerned that your computer is failing. This “Image” can replicate everything on your hard drive when it’s time to replace it with a new hard drive, and can be stored on an External Hard Drive.