June 16, 2016

How often should you back up your computer?

By SpiderGroup

So…how often should you really back up your computer? I did originally have a brilliant and very in-depth article written out to explain this, but unfortunately my computer crashed before I saved it!

…Only kidding, but imagine how annoying that would have been. I’m sure there are lots of you out there who have been in a similar situation, and it is never fun.

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Backing up your machine personally on an external storage device is a great place to start, to help ensure that you avoid losing data in the event of a computer failure. External storage devices are improving in data transfer speeds and are becoming more affordable with the introductions of new technologies such as solid state drives.

Backing up often and in small chunks is the key here, as you want to make sure that all your data is up to date and that you don’t have to spend long periods of time doing very large backups. Doing a backup of your machine once a day is our recommendation here at SpiderGroup.

On-site backups with physical media storage is not completely safe from harm though. Just like a laptop or a mobile phone, an external hard drive or a flash drive could be stolen, damaged or misplaced! This is why it is a good idea to keep backups of your data in multiple locations, like the Cloud for example!

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Cloud storage holds your data on dedicated servers away from your home or place of work. These servers are designed to handle large amounts of data, and can be called upon any time, so long as you have an internet connection. Other advantages of Cloud backups are the ability to access data across multiple devices, improved security for your data with monitored servers, and automated backups.

A Cloud server really does a lot of the work for you, so you don’t have to take the time out of your busy schedule to make sure you have backed up your computer that day, week, or even month if you’re feeling brave!

Here at SpiderGroup, we offer Cloud storage and IT support in Bristol, so if you are looking for a safe and reliable way to store your personal and/or business data, give us a call on 0117 933 0570 or fill in our contact form, and one of our team will be more than happy to discuss how we can help you.

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