We live in the information age. While we wish nothing ever goes wrong, we know it will. As far as your files and data, it’s not a question of if you will lose them but when you will lose them. This makes it important to expect it to happen in order to have a plan for the inevitable. I can tell you from personal experience that you will be sad when it happens if you don’t have a plan.
We know that the hard drive on your computer, the portable storage that you use, the cloud, or whatever else you use will fail at some point. I have even lost my data using one of those expensive online storage services that guarantees secure storage. Thankfully it was one of several places I had my files backed up. That’s why you have a plan.
How To Back Up & Protect Your Data
- The quick and easy backup is to use some sort of portable storage device, even a thumb drive would be sufficient. Of course, it could get lost, broken, left in your jeans pocket and go through the laundry. But as a backup, not your only storage of a file, it would be effective.
- A better form of backup will be a server or similar device that has redundancy. This will make two or more mirrored copies of your data on individual drives. If a hard drive goes bad (not if, but
when) you have not lost data. These are usually called RAID drives (redundant array of inexpensive disks).
- Using the cloud, Dropbox, or other online storage is a good idea. But as always, you don’t want this to be your only copy. Things go wrong. For my personal use, I have my hard drive on my
computer, a RAID server, and then a large portable drive that I keep at another location in case of fire. I know you may not have more than a few documents and some images now. But throughout your life that will grow. File it so you can find it and have at least two reliable backups that you regularly update.
Assess your data and create a protection plan to keep your data safe. Also bear in mind, you will want to keep your method fluid as new technologies emerge every year. Share your plan with your parents and implement as your budget allows.
This blog is really informative. As most of things are working online now such as study work, project work, office work, etc. But, sometimes people lost their data due to lack of knowledge. So, these tips are very important to save and back up the online data. Thank you for sharing these useful tips.