Computers are designed to make one's life easier by organizing data, saving time, and saving resources. The single most important activity for computer users to perfom is to back-up their data, not only once, but multiple times. It is not good enough to have just one back-up. Co-incidence does happen, and two drives could go at once, or by fluke your external back-up could malfunction shortly after your hard drive does. The worst situation is having no back-up at all. Are your files backed up?
How should I back-up my data Conventional back-up methods include external hard drives, flash drives, and removable media such as CDs or DVDs. However, these methods are not 100% effective. External drives are mechanical just like internal drives, and they fail over time. Flash drives can become corrupt or quit working altogether from mobility, and removable media can become scratched making it useless.
What are the best back-up methods to back-up your back-up? Off-site or online data back-up (cloud computing) is becoming the new industry trend. If there is a fire, flood, disaster, or just a mechanical failure, off-site data back-up is a secure 100% effective way of securing one's data. Having a clone or mirror of the computer in a second hard drive, as well as an external drive is also a reliable method. Finally, SSD or Solid State Drives are becoming more cost effective, and they are a lot more reliable than mechanical devices. More information about cloud computing and data back-up can be found on our site. Whether you are a home user or a business user, data back-up is crucial. Always back-up your data, because you are ultimately responsible for your data. If you lose your data and the hard drive has not been backed up, and it has a mechanical failure, it generally costs anywhere from $1000 - $3000 to have the hard drive repaired in a clean room. Schneider's is partnered with CBL and we have a clean room in Markham that we have access to; however, this method is a last resort, and is generally the most costly and hardest lesson to have to resort to.
Back-up, back-up, back-up. We can't stress it enough!
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