How to Backup Your Hard Drive is a question we are asked often in the line of work that we do. Keeping your data backed up is probably the single most important responsibility for any computer owner, personal or business. Hard Drives can fail at any time. As IT Support specialists in Jacksonville FL, we have seen hard drive’s fail in brand new out of the box computers. You do not have to have a 3-5 year old computer system in order to suffer a hard drive failure. It can happen to anyone at any time. Laptops are usually more susceptible to this as they are mobile and are moved around from place to place and are used in a variety of environments.
For fault tolerance reasons you always want to keep your data in at least 2 different locations. For example if you have a desktop computer and back your files up to an external hard drive, but you leave that external hard drive in the same physical location such as your business office, home office etc, then you are still at risk of losing that data due to fire or natural disaster. The most widely approved method is to keep your data in 2 locations. If you do backup your office computer to an external hard drive, then take that external hard drive with you and store it at your home office when not in use. This way your files are on your office computer hard drive and also stored on the external hard drive located in your home office. Again, the rule of thumb is to keep a copy of your data in 2 locations.
More about External Hard Drives
External hard drives connect to your desktop or laptop with a USB cable and most external drives come with an application that will automatically back up your data automatically once the USB connection is made. You will need to read the owners guide that comes with your external backup drive for these instructions as they differ from brand to brand.
Online Backup – A great option too
Another option that has been around for several years now is the use of an online backup product. We recommend Mozypro online backup. It runs as a background application on your computer system and automatically backs up your selected files routinely throughout the day. For busy professionals, online backup is really the best solution. For one it keeps your data backed up to an offsite location, and automatically runs in the background so you do not need to manually invoke any process in order for it to back up your data, it just does it. Online backup products, including Mozypro are very cost effective. And as a Mozypro reseller, we can vouch for the products security methods, effectiveness and great pricing.
Most importantly, Servers
We saved the most important to last. If you are a business owner or manager and have a server or host of servers running at your Jacksonville office then you probably are aware that you need to be backing your servers up or should be backing them up on a daily basis. Using a combination of Online Backup and an External USB Hard drive is a great method for keeping your data protected. Mozypro has an included feature that can be enabled named 2xProtect that will backup your data to the cloud while at the same time backing that same data up to an attached external hard drive. A very convenient feature when having to restore a large file or folder. 2xProtect is also a feature that can be used with a laptop or desktop as well. We hope after reading this that all of your questions have been answered regarding How to Backup Your Hard Drive. We are always here to answer any questions you might have so feel free to drop us a note through our contact form.