How should I backup my data?

29 01 2008

One of the most common questions we hear, unfortunately it is usually “post-disaster”.  After our clients spend $120 retrieving their data, a common question is:

“How do I prevent this data loss from happening again?”

There are 3 rules you MUST FOLLOW to prevent disaster requiring data recovery:

  1. Make sure you have 2 copies of all critical files in 2 separate places (different drives)
  2. Make sure you AUTOMATE the backup procedure (making the second copy should not require any human intervention other than initial setup) using backup software like Cobian Backup (free download), or Mozy, or Time Machine ( MAC)
  3. Check the backup copy occasionally to ensure accuracy (drop additional file into primary folder to check if it winds up in secondary after backup)

These 3 rules cannot be altered or omitted, or you WILL be calling us for  service again.  Hopefully we can help you once more, but why risk it.  If you need help or have questions about setting up your backup strategy, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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