"The first thought we
give to our backup is after disaster strikes"
The prepared ones think, "Sure am glad I backed up yesterday"
The others think, "Man, am I in trouble"
Computer Tuition Explains the
and How of Data Backup
Disaster is not an exaggeration.
Losing your computer can cause some real heartaches. For the home user it
can be the loss of precious photos and important letters. For the business
user it can be the loss of all customer and accounting information.
Data is Priceless
Your computer system can be replaced with money. Your programs can
be reinstalled, but what about your data. If you don't have a backup your
data may be gone forever.
One of the more boring aspects of
computing is creating a data backup but the alternative is to lose your
documents, emails, photos, music, email addresses, spread sheets, just
about everything you created, received, installed or downloaded. This is
avoided with an up to date backup.
A good backup
plan will make it easier to:
Recover from a systems failure
Recover from a drive failure
Recover your data to your computer
Recover from the loss or damage of your computer
is not a question of , if you will suffer a data loss. It is a question of
is data loss.
It is common enough to have sparked an entire industry, dedicated to recovering
data from failed systems. Data Recovery Services charge
thousands of dollars to recover data, and they do not suffer from lack of
A Sad but
A couple returned from the vacation of a lifetime. They saved and planned
for years. The two month holiday cost thousands, but it was worth it. They
snapped over 800 pictures. When they returned home the photos were
downloaded to the computer. The next day they were upgrading a new
program, there was a glitch. The photos were gone. Everything was tried to
retrieve the pictures, but no luck. Their options were to spend heaps with
a Data Recovery Service or say good-bye to their memories. A backup would
have saved the day.
Some Causes of Data Loss
||Hard Drive Failure
||Theft of Computer
|A sneeze while manipulating files
||Child erasing files to make room for more music
|Inadvertently overwriting a file
||Anything that affects your computer's operation
What is a Backup?
Copying files from your hard
drive to another location. Ideally not another drive on your
Where can I backup
An external hard drive
A network drive
A flash/thumb drive
What Should I Backup?
Note: One CD can hold the equivalent to 30,000 document pages. How would
you like to retype 30,000 pages? Backup and you won't have to.
How often should I backup?
The simple answer is as often as necessary to
safely protect your data. It depends upon how important your data is and
how often it changes.
At Mango we backup all changed files on a
We back up all data on a weekly basis.
A home user might be safe with a weekly back
up, while a business user should consider a daily backup.
My hard drive is just a couple of years old
and it has never had a problem, do I still need a backup?
That's fairly common. We have a couple of 10
year old drives that are in perfect order, but have seen 2 month old
drives go bad with no notice. The manufacturer replaced them but without a
backup the data would have been lost. Remember a drive failure is not the
only cause of data loss.