Thursday, 4 July 2013

Always have A Back Up

Backing up is nothing more making a copy of data and/or program files and then keeping that copy in a safe place. Phone contacts can also be backed up using the phones software downloaded from the internet. For Nokia, ovi suit can be used and for Blackberry, Blackberry Desktop manager can also be used.
The goal of a backup is also simple: if something happens to your computer so that you can’t retrieve your information off of it (which happens more often than people realize) or you somehow lose access to your data, then you can get the information from the backup copies. Where backing up starts to seem complicated is when you look at all of the options relating to how much to back up, how often, and what tools to make sure that it happens regularly.

                     Types of backups

Backups typically take one of two forms:

1. Copying your data. This is conceptually very simple. For example, if you copy pictures off of your digital camera and then immediately burn those pictures to a CD for safe-keeping, you’ve backed them up. Similarly, if you regularly take the contents of your “My Documents” folder tree and copy it to another machine or burn it to CD, that’s one form of backing those files up. They’re safely stored in another location in addition to the original.

2. Imaging your system. This is also conceptually very simple. Rather than backing up only this-and-that, hoping that you actually remembered to include everything that you might need in case of a disaster, this approach makes a copy of everything; your data, your programs, your settings – even the operating system itself.

Both types of backups share a common characteristic. Whatever they backup, be it just certain files and folders or absolutely everything, they do so by a) making a copy, and then b) placing that copy somewhere else. If your data is in only one place, meaning that there are no copies of that data, then you’re not backed up.
There are four most common issues that I see people encountering that causes data loss are:

  • Malware
  • Hard drive failure
  • Accidental deletion
  • Any unforeseen incident 
That means protecting yourself against at least those is a great place to start.
                  A suggested backup plan

1. Use an External hard drive to backup ur files. A 500GB hard drive should be good enough
2. For phones, you can use another phone  to store contacts, images and files or better still store them in your computer.