COMPUTER STORAGE & BACKUPS:
KEEPING YOUR DATA & FILES SAFE AND SOUND
Ahh... Peace of Mind. What a great thing, right? Want to know the best way to have it when it comes to your computer? Reliable storage drives and back up systems. Sure, you could just store all your important, irreplaceable stuff on your computer's hard drive. You might even have an secondary or external drive where you keep a copy of all that stuff. But, and it's a big but – what happens if they all fail?
Unlikely as that may seem it does happen much more often than one would expect. Hard drives are amazing little devices with incredible storage capacities. Problem is, it doesn't take much to make them go sour. Things like power surges, static electricity and electro-magnetism can take a healthy drive and wipe them clean or render them unable to mount – and believe it or not, multiple drive failures can be triggered by the same event and the same time! Today, the average life expectancy of a hard drive is right around 3 years.
WHAT TYPES OF BACKUPS ARE THERE?
So how can you be ensure your data, the family photos and videos don't go bye-bye? Back them up! In the world of backups you're going to find three types: full, incremental and differential. For most, the right choice is FULL. Simply put, full backups make a copy of ALL the data files on your machine in a one fell swoop. That's what we recommend for most users.
For businesses or telecommuters, incremental or differential backups make more sense. Why? Neither makes a complete copy. Differential backups merely copy the files that have changed since the last FULL backup. Incremental backups only copy the files that have changed since the last backup whether that was full or incremental).
Differential backups take longer and use more storage space but should you need to restore, that will happen quicker. Incremental backups are quick and take up less storage space but restoration will take much longer as the system will need to restore both your last FULL backup and all of the incremental backups performed if a failure occurs.
If you're not sure which way to go, consult a professional to get the best possible advice. Need help? Contact us about your computer storage and backup needs in San Diego.