3 steps you can take today to keep your data safe.
Now, more than ever, we store important data electronically. From family photos, legal documents, and other items. If you were to lose your hard drive through a crash, natural disaster, fire, or any other way – are you covered? Could you retrieve what you needed to?
1. Sign up for an online backup service. There are several available, but I have been a user of Backblaze for quite a while now. These services are set it and forget type services. Once your initial upload is finished Backblaze runs in the background looking for changes and uploading them to their data center.
2. Use a USB hard drive to backup files locally. If you have a PC most of these drives come with software to back your data up to the drive. If you have a Mac you can use Time Machine to backup to the drive.
3. Clone your hard drive. The quickest way to get back to work is to have a cloned copy of your hard drive available. My favorite tool for the Mac is SuperDuper for PCs I have had great luck in the past with Acronis True Image.
If you follow these three steps you should be able to recover from just about any accident. Backblaze is my last resort when restoring a lot of files, it could take a long time depending on your connection speed. But for a few dollars a month it is very comforting to know that your data is safe and away from your physical computer. The USB drive will allow you to recover files locally that you may have accidentally deleted. The cloned drive will allow you to recover from a complete hard drive crash. I recommend keeping a cloned copy at a friends house or at work.
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