In order to keep your digital data safe you will want to make regular backups of it. Backups are copies of your data which can be used should something happen to your computer, smartphone or tablet. This article answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding data backup and recovery.
Why Do I Need to Backup My Data?
Should anything happen to your computer, you could end up losing all of your data. Think about all the documents, photographs and music that you may have stored on your computer – all of this could be wiped within a second. By backing up your data you will have another copy of it which you can use in the event of an emergency.
How Can I Backup My Data?
There are several ways that you can backup your data. The most popular ways are to backup your data on CD or DVD, to use a flash drive, to use an external hard drive or to use an online data backup service.
CDs and DVDs provide an affordable way to backup data. You can copy data from your computer to the CD, but this process can take a while to copy depending on how much data you have. A disadvantage of using this method is that CDs and DVDs will only have a limited capacity, plus they can also get damaged easily. Make sure that you store CD and DVD backups in a safe and secure place.
Flash drives are another economical backup option. You can set them up so that data is automatically copied onto the flash drive as a backup. Flash drives come in a large range of sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs. Flash drives are also small and convenient to transport.
External Hard drives have an extremely large capacity in comparison to DVDs, CDs and flash drives. They are slightly more bulky than the flash drive but they are still easy to transport, plus they are also extremely fast.
Perhaps one of the best options is to go for an online data backup service. This is where all of your data is stored on an off-site server. You can set it up so that all of your data is automatically stored onto the system. Online backup services will require a small monthly or annual fee, plus you will need to have a constant Internet connection.
What Is Data Recovery?
In some instances, such as when your computer malfunctions, you may be able to have some of your data recovered. This is where a specialist recovers the data stored within your hard drive.
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