At North London IT Support, we often get enquiries on how to back up data on computers. Whether you are a small business using a computer, or a home pc user, backing up is essential in order to preserve your computer’s content. If you have never backed up your computer before, then you need to think very carefully about what the right types of backup for your requirements are, and how you can best put these to use in order to ensure that you can preserve all of your content. Backing up is the best way to ensure that you don’t lose important information, and that everything that you want on your computer is entirely secure.
Choosing manual backups
The most basic form of computer backup is known as the manual backup. As might be expected, this involves doing all of the backing up process by hand. Manual backups are generally favoured because they are the easiest to control, and you are likely to know where your computer information has been stored. Manual backups will preserve a specific snapshot of your computer at a certain period of time. However, manual backups are often not performed during important processes, such as working on a project, building a website, or creating new data. Therefore, manual backups are only one tool that you can use in order to preserve your computer’s information.
Backing up to other drives
One way to preserve all of your information is to automate backups to other drives, including CDs or DVDs, or to thumb drives (sometimes known as flash drives or memory sticks) or external storage drives. This is the most common way that the average computer user will backup their information. However, there are some downsides to this option. For example, CDs and DVDs tend to only have a limited capacity, sometimes as little as 700 MB. Thumb drives may only have 4 to 8 GB, and storage drives may only have slightly more than this. This means that you will have a large collection of drives when it comes to saving information regularly.
Backing up to online sources
An increasingly popular way of saving information from backups is through the use of an online data storage service. Also known as cloud storage, this may be a good way of ensuring that you get multiple copies of your information, stored in several different places. This offers good protection against fires and thefts, and data loss risks are much lower. However, it can be expensive to preserve all of your computer’s data on the cloud, and online storage services may be best used for vital data, rather than a full backup of your computer.
If you require further information on ways to back up your data then contact us at North London IT Support either by calling 0800 7561400 or emailing [email protected]