27th December 2016

The best back up Solutions

Many laptop computers, tablets, and mobile devices contain files that are irreplaceable. A hardware malfunction or the introduction of a virus can cause these files to be permanently lost. For this reason, documents, media files, and even the device’s operating system should be backed up frequently. There are a variety of ways to backup these files, with the most suitable method depending upon the types of files, as well as the time and money the user wishes to spend on the process. We look at a few different methods on how to backup.

The USB, or Universal Serial Bus, drive is the least expensive and least complicated method of file backup. This is a small plastic drive that is inserted into the USB port on the side or back of a computer. It can be purchased at any office supply or big-box discount retailer, and comes in a variety of storage capacities. Both documents and media files can be stored on a USB drive by simply plugging the drive into the computer and cutting and pasting documents onto the drive or completing a manual save process.

An external backup drive is a similar method of storage, but with a larger storage capacity than a USB drive. This external drive is also connected to the computer through a USB port and saves the entire contents of the computer since the last backup. Due to the increased storage capacity, the external drive is more expensive than the USB drive, but the process of backing up information is very similar.

A viable option for households with more than one computer or offices with multiple computers, is an NAS drive, or Network-Attached-Storage drive. This drive allows all of the computers in the home or office to be connected to one drive that backs up files and allows all computers on the network to share those files. An NAS allows for backup of not just individual files, but entire operating systems as well.

The most safest and most efficient method of backup for both home and office devices is cloud storage. This means that data is backed up to servers owned by professional hosting companies at a secure off-site locations. Cloud storage prevents the possibility of complete data loss and also saves space on an individual electronic device or network. Companies and individuals can purchase these services as subscriptions for a price that includes a fixed amount of storage. These subscriptions usually also provide IT support, or information technology support, in case of questions or issues surrounding cloud storage, which can be an added benefit to a company with limited technology resources. However this method can be more expensive.

While all forms of electronic files, backups do involve some financial investment. However, the expense is ultimately worth it being that peace of mind is ensured with knowing that sensitive and irreplaceable files are secure.

If you want some advice on which method you should go for give us a call. We can talk through your needs and recommend a suitable solution.