The Vital Role of Backup and Recovery (by Richard Buxton)
13th September 2023
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The Vital Role of Backup and Recovery:

This article, written by Richard Buxton, highlights the increasing dangers of failing to back up your files and data and how you can avoid the 'unthinkable'!

I've noticed an increasing trend recently of customers coming into the shop with 'broken' computers where they are unable to access their  files and documents, assuming that a quick fix can restore everything back to normal. Well, depending on the problem, sometimes it can't if the data has not been backed up to an external source.

I'm sure its a problem that has affected many of us at some time, as like it or not, a computer is a machine which unfortunately like any other machine can break down and potentially cause much distress and frustration. Imagine the horror of losing all your family photos and all those lovely memories you've stored over the years on your trusty desktop?

In today's digital age, where our lives are intertwined with technology, the importance of backup and recovery cannot be overstated. It's like having a safety net for your valuable data, ensuring that you're never left in the lurch when the unexpected strikes.

Why Do We Need Backups?

The fundamental purpose of backups is to create a lifeline for your data in the face of adversity. Imagine the horror of losing all your precious files due to a hardware meltdown, software glitch, or even a malicious cyber attack. That's where backups swoop in to save the day. They are your data's heroes, ready to be summoned whenever your primary data is in distress.

The Guardians of Your Data

To ensure the resilience of your data, it's crucial to store backup copies on separate mediums. Think of it as spreading your bets. You can opt for a simple external drive, a trusty USB stick, or go big with disk storage systems, or cloud storage containers. Simple easy to use secure cloud storage platforms (eg Backblaze, Carbonite and several others) will give you peace of mind automatically saving your precious files for recovery when you need them. These backups can be kept either nearby or at a remote location, which can be a game-changer, especially when Mother Nature decides to throw a tantrum.

Consistency is Key

For a foolproof backup strategy, consistency is the name of the game. Regular, scheduled backups minimize the potential data loss between backup points. The longer you wait between backups, the greater the risk of losing crucial information. Multiple backup copies are like an insurance policy for your data, granting you the power to turn back time and recover to a point before corruption or cyber attacks took hold.

In a world where data is the lifeblood of businesses and individuals alike, backup and recovery are the unsung heroes that stand between us and data disasters. So, don't wait until the next unforeseen event strikes; take action now and make backups your digital sidekicks. Your data will thank you, and you'll rest easy knowing that your digital treasures are safe and sound, ready to be rescued when needed.

Stay Safe,

Kind regards

Richard Buxton

Computer Technician & IT Consultant
Market Harborough

Tel: 07734 022271




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