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Computer backup is essential

Computer Back-up is Essential

Computer technology has become a staple in every aspect of modern life. It is the way that most people store critical information. Backing up your data, whether on a personal or business computer is essential to safeguard the information stored on your hard drive.
Photographs and scanned documents are among the irreplaceable data that most people store on their personal computers. Business computers tend to contain information that is necessary for the running the business.
When a computer crashes, it can be disastrous for both individuals and businesses. When you have crucial data on your hard drive, there are many problems which can leave your business in a data recovery emergency.
If your computer were to be infected by spyware, malware, or viruses, it can be relatively easy to restore it to functioning mode by reformatting the hard drive. This process deletes all of the data to the date of reformatting, including the offending infection. However, if you did not back up your computer, you would lose potentially critical data that was entered or updated after the date of infection, as well.
Weather related circumstances, such as electrical storms can damage your computer. This damage could be irreparable, or could damage your memory storage, thereby resulting in lost data. If you have not backed up your computer recently, any data entered since the prior back up could be lost forever.
There are different ways in which you can back up your important files:
Some people will store data on a CD-R or DVD-R. This method is very good for smaller amounts of data which need to be stored or perhaps moved from one computer to another. Typically these discs do not have enough storage capacity to back up your entire hard drive, but could be adequate for backing up documents or photos you don’t want to risk losing.
USB flash drives and external hard drives are popular ways to store larger amounts of data. Some hard drives contain separate partitions which will store a “ghost imprint” of the system data for the computer. This can be helpful, but it does not protect you from a hardware failure in the hard drive.
Cloud computing is another popular way to store data; you can store your information online on a secure server, offered by a company which specializes in data security and backup.
It is also wise to keep a system restore disc. If serious damage is done to your operating system, a system restore disc will enable you to get your computer back up and running.
It is probably wise to use more than one method of data backup for particularly critical information. This protects you from a hardware failure in the storage device itself. Using cloud computing and an external hard drive, for example, would protect you from hardware failure in the external hard drive.
Backing up your computer data will not only save your data, and potentially save you money to recover that data. It also makes sense, because it should give you some peace of mind knowing that your information, favorite photos, or essential business data is retrievable, in case of loss or damage or your computer.

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