If asked “˜what is the most essential information stored on your computer,’ most of us will say it is our data. Our data on a computer may be in many different forms including, Word documents, worksheets, databases, and emails. All this data is usually stored on the computer’s hard disk. Now, if the hard disk crashes for some reason, you stand a good chance of losing all this data. You may also lose your data in other cases:
- Virus infection wipes off all information from the hard disk
- Natural disasters, such as flood and earthquakes damage equipment
- Theft of computer or other data storage device
This is the reason why as a careful user it is essential that you regularly backup your data to ensure that you can restore it in case a disaster occurs.
Implement a Backup Solution
When implementing a backup solution, the first step you need to take is to decide what you need to backup. Usually, a home PC user making regular backups of user data is enough. Complete computer backup solutions are usually implemented for large server system where setting up the whole server again after a failure is quite time consuming and expensive.
After you have decided what to backup, you need to decide where to backup the data to. If the data to be backed up is small in size, you may just opt to store it on a pen drive. If the data is much larger, you may opt to use an external hard disk,