We all know we should have backups, but few of us actually do. I’ve heard it many times from customers bringing their computer in to the shop. “I know I should have backups, but I hadn’t gotten around to it”, or “I’ve never had a problem so I haven’t needed to backup”.
Backups are like insurance. You never want to need it, but you want to have them just in case.
The often touted gold standard backup strategy is 3:2:1. That is, 3 copies of your data, 2 locally on different devices (external USB hard drive, USB flash drive, DVDs, etc) and 1 off-site, possibly a hard drive that you keep at a friend or family member’s place, or an employees in the case of business backups. It’s also very easy these days to use a “cloud” backup provider and keep your data safely in their data centre. Companies like BackBlaze offer offsite backup for US$5 per month per computer.
That’s great for the offsite backup, but while you may be happy to wait for 1TB of family photos to download to the new hard drive after the old one dies, you’ll be less happy waiting for your important business and tax files to download. This is where the 2 local backup sources come in.
At Static I.T. we have a NAS (Network Attached Storage) box that all of our computers back up to daily. Our 2 copies are on the original computer and on the NAS. If a hard drive develops the click of death, we’re back up and running within the hour by quickly restoring from that backup.
But what about those who only have a single computer or don’t have space for a NAS? There is no shortage of software that can back up your computer to an external hard drive. The software we use will backup your computer whenever you plug the drive in, and disconnect it once the backup is finished. No more having to remember to plug the drive in for the 5pm Friday backup, or leaving it plugged in and having in encrypted by ransomware if you open the wrong email.
If you don’t have backups, give us a call and we’ll set up reliable and easy to use backup solution for you. It’s not as expensive as you think, and it’s a lot cheaper than data recovery.