Implementing a Backup Solution (overview).
The main rule of backup is you should always have at least two copies of any critical data/files.
The backup files should be stored on different media (Disk, CD/DVD, USB Drive, Tape, Cartridge, Network Drive etc).
If you archive a file and delete the original, the archived copy becomes the original and should be backed up if it is critical/important.
The first step to implementing a backup solution is to identify the risks, what data (files) are critical and a backup/recovery procedure.
The key risks for any electronic data include:
Accidental deletion - human error
Loss from Fire, Flood or Natural Disaster
Loss from Theft
Damage / Corruption caused by a Malcious Code or a Virus
Identify Critical Data
All of you electronic data probably fits into three categories:
Critical - can not be replaced if lost
Important - can be replaced/recreated, but would be costly or time consuming
Not Critical - can easily be replaced
If you are an individual - photos, personal movies, personal documents and email probably fit into the first or second category.
If you are a business - data for your Accounting/Business Software, Payroll Software, Business Documents, Business Images etc fit into the first category.
In fact if you run a business you may have a legal responsibility to backup these files.
For an individual losing some or all of your email may be an inconvenience, but for some companies email communications may need to kept for legal reasons.
Once you have identified which files are critical/important, you also need to determine how often data/files change.
If you know how regularly the data changes you can work out how frequently it should be backed up.
Finally you also need to know how the data can be backed up.
Some files can simply be copied to another device like a External Hard Disk.
Other types of data can only be backed up using the built in backup functions of the prgram the data belongs to or a specialized backup program/procedure.
The main risks to your data/files is from human error or data corruption, but if you use a laptop the risk from theft is also a higher risk.
Backing up to an External Hard Disk is a good cost effective solution for home users and small businesses, but it doesn't cover you in the case of a disaster such as fire or flood.
Offsite or remote backup solutions can provide an extra level of safety, but can be costly and introduce additional risks.
Solutions like USB Keys (Memory Sticks) provide a cost effective removable backup solution, but have limited capacity and introduce security risks as they can be easily lost or stolen.
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