One of the most important things that many people forget to do nowadays is to Backup their data. For some it is either that they don’t care, they keep forgetting, they are too lazy to do it, or they just don’t know how to do it. Backing up data is extremely important. Why? Let’s look at this question below.
What is the most expensive part of your computer?
Some may say it is the Processor, some may say it is the monitor etc… however, all of these are wrong even though they can cost in the hundreds of dollars. The answer is your Hard drive, even though some can cost under $100. So why is it the most expensive part?
The Hard drive is your most expensive part of the computer simply because it contains your valuable data such as your Family pictures, pictures of your wedding, your kids being born, then growing up and so forth. How about your other files? That business proposal, or the records for the last 15 years for your business. The list goes on and on.
If you don’t regularly backup and something was to happen to your hard drive to the point where this data can’t be recovered, well what will you do then? How can you replace those memories? Well, you can’t and that is why the Hard drive is the most expensive part of your computer because it holds your most precious memories that cannot be replaced, unlike other parts that you can purchase again and replace easily. But memories and work did throughout your lifetime, that simply can’t be replaced.
So hopefully at this point, we have your attention and you are now worried and are asking yourself well how to do this backup so this doesn’t happen to me.
How to backup your Data?
There are many solutions available to backup your data. Here are a few of them. You can have an external hard drive physically connected to your computer and a software that can be configured to run backups every day or every week and so forth.
1: You can have an external hard drive physically connected to your computer and a software that can be configured to run backups every day or every week and so forth. You can choose if you would like to backup your entire hard drive or specific folders.
2: You can have your own cloud solution setup at home, something that you can buy from Western Digital or other companies and it connects to your home’s router and from there multiple computers on your network can all store their data on it, and the best thing is that you can access it all securely while you are away from home and even while visiting another country.
3: You can use an online cloud solution such as Dropbox, where you sign up for a paid plan which isn’t too expensive and you can keep your data on it and access it from anywhere as well.
4: You can use an external hard drive that you plug into your computer and manually copy your data that you want to backup. When you are finished you safely disconnect the drive and then put it away somewhere safe and not connected to the computer. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) This option is a very smart idea to use regardless aside from any of the top 3, because if your computer was to have an infection such as Ransomware which we discussed in a different Blog post and you have an external hard drive or anything else physically connected to your network it can affect and damage those files as well. So by using an external hard drive that you will connect to backup your data and then disconnect when you are done is a very smart backup choice.
Overall Remember this you should have a backup of your backup of your backup. When it comes to this don’t worry if it may cost too much to do at the moment, think about what will happen if you don’t do backups, it will cost you much much more and you will lose things that can’t be replaced.