Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Simple Guide to Data Backup

1) What is a backup?
A backup is a fancy way of saying "a copy of your data." Backing up your data does not have to be any more complicated than copying your data somewhere. On a small scale, backups can be made of documents that are getting edited several times a year, or even daily for that matter. On a much larger scale, you can back up every single file that is placed on your hard drive. If the hard drive fails, data recovery can be a simple process by simple using your backups.
2) Where can I make backups?
Backups should be made on a medium other than the hard drive you are trying to backup. The reason for this is that if something happens to your hard drive then your backups will also be lost. That's why backups are usually done on a second hard drive or other storage device such as a thumb drive or DVD. There is a downside to these certain methods. A USB storage device can be lost or stolen. A DVD can get scratched or worn out over time. Data backup and recovery can be a lengthy process.
Online service providers like Mozy and Carbonite address all the issues of choosing a recovery medium by providing data backup centers that have redundant servers with additional copies of your data. Both of these companies charge for their services, which can be quite expensive. They do make data backup and recovery very, very simple, however.
3) How do I make a backup?
First, you need to choose a medium. Because of size constraints, we recommend using an external hard drive because thumb drives and DVDs are limited by the amount of data they can store. The most popular backup method is another hard drive or DVD. USB devices are becoming more popular as well. Users often times want to back up their user profiles.
On Windows Vista and Windows 7, your user folder can be found at C:\Users\*Your profile*
On Windows XP, the user folder is usually found at C:\Documents and Settings\*Your profile*

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