What Do We Mean by Data Backup and Recovery?
Your data disappeared. Deleted. Zapped. Mysteriously vanished. Whatever the case may be, you know you need help. Start here. Entry-level data protection advice, direct from our experts.
You are at your PC finalizing a report and open a program. Your screen freezes, then flickers and dies. You lose the rest of the day trying in vain to find a fix. Then you spend the night tossing and turning as you mull over how much youve just lost. Files, contacts, family photos, research, financial data, passwords and so on.
Dont be that guy (or gal). Data backup is about creating and preserving a copy of your PCs content to guard against a virus, crash or other disaster. In other words, making sure the stuff that matters most on your PC is always secure and accessible.
Backup devices the hardware that stores the actual data take many forms, including:
The system you rely on for backups needs to support the degree and frequency of backups you need.
Other features to consider in backup software include data compression to maximize storage space, filtering to identify certain files for backup and password encryption to protect against hacking. And make sure you understand how and how quickly youll recover files and programs after a loss.
Once youve found a backup system that suits you, be sure to use it and use it right. Test it every so often to be sure its working. And then look forward to a good nights sleep.