Chances are that you have a lot of data stored on the internal hard drive of your computer. There is also a good chance that some, if not most, of that data can’t be reproduced. Files such as digital photos, videos, and even some length document, are either impossible to recreate or require too much work and time.
The problem is that if you don’t backup your data on a regular basis, you are leaving all your data to chance. The chance being that you experience a hard drive crash and are unable to recover some, most, or all of your files. I’m sure this isn’t a situation that you wish to be in.
Hard drives are high-precision instruments. The data is stored on multiple, circular platters within the drive, while the data is read using a head. The head travels nanometers above the platters. A sharp movement of the hard drive, or a power outage, can cause the head to make contact with the platters and can cause physical damage, to the platters. Enough damage to the platters can prevent you from recovering your data.
In order to prevent losing your data, it is best to develop a robust data backup plan. A good backup plan doesn’t need to be complex, or difficult to implement. In fact, the best backup plan is one that is easy to implement, and one that works for you.
There are a few things to keep in mind when developing such a plan. First, the plan must make multiple copies of your backed up data. This is important because if the master data files are lost, then you will need to go to your backup to recover the data. There could be a small chance that your backup copy could be damage, or corrupt as well. To avoid this problem, you should make at least two backup copies of your data files. If the files in one backup copy can’t be retrieved, then hopefully, the files in the second backup copy can be restored.
Second, always store at least one backup copy, preferably both, in another physical location from the master data files. A second physical location is known as the offsite location. The reason for this is to ensure your backup copies remain safe if something were to happen to the location of master data files, such as a file or natural disaster. The last thing you need if something were to happen to the master data file’s physical location is to lose both the data files and the backup copies.
By creating a robust data backup plan that follows the above rules you can ensure that you will never lost your data files if a problem were to occur where you couldn’t recover your data files.
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