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Data Backup – Backing Up Your Data

One of the most important things we can do is back up the data that is on our computers.  I know that we don’t often think about it, but a system crash due to a virus or hardware failure can be disastrous.  And even though it seems redundant and time-consuming, performing regular data backups can save you a lot of headaches.  Consider what it might cost you in time, effort, and money if your system does crash and you have to reconstruct all of your data or risk losing it forever.

The most popular options for data backup are:

1.       CD and DVD (Optical Drives)

2.       External Hard Drives

3.       Flash Drives

4.       Online Backup Services

5.       RAID System – Mainly applies to business environments or a person with very large amounts of data

ConsumerReports.org has a great table that lists the Pros and Cons of each option for data backup.

Optical drives (CD’s and DVD’s) are great for backing up files such as your music and photos.  With the boom of multimedia downloading sites such as iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster, most, if not all, of our music is on our computers and if you think about it, to lose them could possible mean losing thousands of dollars, and as far as photos go, because we are more inclined to use a digital camera these days, all of our photos are digital and we rarely ever print them out because it’s much easier to share them via email or social networking site, those memories are priceless, especially if you lose them. CD’s and DVD’s are prone to scratches and other physical damage that can cause problems so you have to make sure that you are careful with them and store them safely.

Flash Drives are better suited for backing up files such as word documents and excel spreadsheets.  Using the computers USB Drive you can easily back up your data and transport it.  Flash drives are nice because they are small but they offer a limited amount of storage space and because of their size they can be easily lost.

External hard drives are probably the best when it comes to backing up home computers.  They offer a lot of storage space and you can set them up to run automatic backups on a regular basis.  This eliminates having to back up data manually as with optical drives or flash drives.

Online backup services are an alternative that a lot of people are choosing these days because you can access your data remotely, as long as you have an internet connection and safe from physical damage.  Up to a certain amount of data is free for online back up services, after that they usually charge a small monthly or annual fee.

RAID system configurations are good for business environments or for individuals with large amounts of data.  In the even of a system failure RAID essentially gives a mirror image of the hard drive.  They automatically image the drive (back up).

In the even of a computer crash or system failure, having your data backed up is essential.  If you haven’t backed up your data, we strongly recommend that you do.  Geek ABC offers  data recovery services, RAID troubleshooting and installation, can assist in data backups,  and in-home computer repair for home and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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3 Responses to “Data Backup – Options for Data Backup, Backing Up Your Data, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Mclean, Vienna, VA, Washington DC”

  1. Karim says:

    Online backup is much much preferred.

    I find that I have a really laid back attitude towards backing up, and maybe make a backup every 4 months or so, and 4 month old daya is probably useless to me, However with online backup everything happens automatically so I don’t have to worry about having out of data information in case the worst happens and I need to restore my files.

    The only downside is that you need a fast internet connection if you want to restore something like 20GB of data

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  2. Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

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