I’ll review the characteristics of external drives and include a couple of specific recommendations.
Encrypting your data is important for security, but it also adds risk that’s easy to overlook when backing up.
Backing up your computer’s data is critical. What backup program should you use? There are many, but pragmatically, the best is whatever you’ll actually use.
When you get a new machine, creating a new machine image backup as soon as you can is a convenient way to reinstall should you ever need to.
Nothing can prevent or side-step issues like properly configured backups. In this overview I want to encourage more people to back up. You can help.
Yes, I deal with frustrating changes as well. It’s not that I never get frustrated; it’s what I choose next that makes for a much happier experience.
The answer to this is simple. If it’s only in one place… it’s not backed up!
Your computers are probably already attached over your home network. You just need to “share” them.
Think of your computer’s hard drive as a temporary solution for any files. It’s not a matter of if things will disappear, but when. Regular readers can guess what I’m going to say next…
As our lives become more and more digital – from digital documents to photographs and videos – it’s time to become a little more intentional about how we keep and manage all the digital data that we’re accumulating. It’s time to think about archiving.
Incremental and differential backups store your data changes differently. Ultimately, the difference is one of granularity and managing disk space. But the biggest thing is that you are backing up regularly and happy with the results.
My fairly strong opinion is that if you’re backing up to an external drive, leave it plugged in. Otherwise you’ll be missing backups on those days you forget to plug it in.
Many backup programs allow you to specify that old backups be deleted. It’s not always obvious how, so I’ll show you in Macrium Reflect.
There are in fact utilities that can do an actual clone of your computer, but I would prefer you move to a more traditional image backup system.
Whenever we use an online service, such as an online backup, we’re trusting that they’re doing what they say they do: keeping our information secure.
Backups are one of the ways people can protect themselves from everything from hardware failure to virus infections. So why don’t people back up?
RAID is a valuable technology for improving apparent disk speed and fault tolerance, but it is in no way a replacement for backing up.