Data & Backup Recovery
Backups are boring...
This is one of the most important, yet also one of the most neglected areas of computing.
Backing up your data should be at the top of your computer maintenance list, right next to Virus Protection.
Without data backup or virus protection, you are running the risk of losing your data.
And it will happen, don't think that you don't have to worry about it.
Why should you back up?
Data loss can happen in many ways. One of the most common causes is physical failure of the media (i.e. hard drive) the data is stored on. You probably have everything saved on your PCs hard drive. That hard drive will not live forever. There are only two types of hard drives - the ones that have failed and the ones that will fail. Normally hard drives will live for years without incident. But eventually they will die. It might happen gradually, by more and more bad clusters accumulating until most of the drive is unusable. Or it might happen suddenly, the hard drive just dying without warning.
Another possible cause for data loss is power failure or spikes. It can result in loss of the document you are currently working on because you did not save it before the power failed and your PC shut down, or in loss of your entire hard drive because a power surge fried your motherboard or destroyed the file allocation table of your hard drive.
Also worth mentioning is data loss through virus attacks. There are plenty of nasty computer viruses out there that will delete files on an infected machine. That's why Virus Protection is just as important.
And all of this is before we've even considered the dangers from fire, flood and theft...
What data should you back up?
You might think that you probably don't really have anything worth backing up, nothing important, no big deal. Let's go through just a few items to jog your memory.
For a moment consider your:
- accounts system and details of who you've invoiced and who hasn't paid yet?
- email system with all of those sales leads and enquiries on it
- your customer database that has taken years to build
Could your business survive if you lost even part of this information?
Effective back-up solutions are a MUST HAVE for any business regardless of size. They don't have to be expensive and can be scaled according to the size of your business, its acceptable levels of risk and the value of the data you hold.
Talk to me!
Why not talk to me to see how I can help your business? You can't lose anything unlike what would happen if disaster did strike...