Back up software can be a great asset to you. It has helped save many people countless hours of time scrambling to restore systems after a computer crash. In addition, it can help save you thousands of dollars as one is not forced to get a new computer after each crash. However, even though most people recognize the value in backing up their system, most people still do not know how to do it properly. This is why we have put together this article to help everyone know how they should be backing up their computer system.
Back up software really comes in two varieties. The two varieties of back up software are disk imagining backups and file backups. Both types are essential to get the best protection possible.
The first one is disk imagining. This is a process designed to make a complete copy or clone of your hard drive. Usually, this will be the C drive and its goal is to make a copy of the operating system files. These are the files that help your computer run as they are like an engine to a car. Without an engine, a car can’t run and the same goes with the OS files. This is why it is important to back them up because when a computer crash fries your computer, these will be the only thing that allows your computer to run again. The smarter users will save their hard drive periodically but once a week is a good rule of them. You will also want to make back ups in multiple locations to ensure that you have diversified your risk in the event that something happens to that backup. Therefore, one should consider using at least two different sources from DVDs, flash drives, online services or another internal hard drive.
For many people, the computer is the most important tool at home. A lot of important data like letters, tax declarations, emails, credit card bills and medical information are stored on hard drives and CDs, as well as entire media collections, including movies, MP3, and digital photos. The computer is basically your perfect digital memory with plenty of vulnerable data that shouldn’t get lost.
Unfortunately, there are many ways you can lose data saved on a PC. The two most common ones are software or hardware failures. Viruses, Trojan horses, spy programs and other malware may corrupt the PC system. In some other cases, the PC operating system breaks because of an internal error and you can’t access your data. Only a few experienced computer users have the time and the knowledge to restore the data from a corrupted system. The easiest workaround to help you protect your data besides using a backup software is to save system, application and personal data on an separate partitions or hard disks.
Just the contrary, a hardware failure of a hard disk cannot be avoided that easily. Every storage medium, like CDs, USB sticks, Flash cards, and hard disks have only a limited life time. Especially hard disks are very sophisticated devices, but they contain many parts that can break easily the entire disk. There are a few companies that offer backup services even for broken hard disks but the prices for the backup of one hard disk can easily exceed the price of a brand new PC. The best way to protect your data is a copy on a second storage medium that is physically separated from the original data source. Please note, that saving data on another partition of the same hard disk will not prevent complete data loss in case of a hardware failure despite the fact that you are using a backup software.