“Being too busy to worry about backup is like being too busy driving a car to put on a seatbelt.”
The unthinkable has happened! The vital business information and documents stored on your computer’s hard drive have been lost. Perhaps your drive just crashed, it happens. Or maybe your laptop was stolen, or damaged in a flood or fire. All of the information you depend on to run your business on a day-to-day basis is gone. What do you do now?
If you had that information backed up, you would not have to worry. You would just retrieve the backup copy and go on with your business.
Backing up your computer files is important. There are two ways to do this, either online or with stand-alone external hard drives.
Online/Cloud and Automated
These days, the Cloud is all the rage. Working and storing your documents at remote locations, which is the Cloud, has a lot of advantages.
When you store your documents at a Cloud location, your files are actually going to computers at secure locations. When I say secure, I mean secure. The locations are usually have security measures such as HVAC climate control, video surveillance, motion sensors, and state-of-the-art smoke and fire suppression systems. Your files are going to be safe and sound at one of these services.
You can also plug into your files from anywhere on earth that has an internet connection. No need to stuff drives in your pocket. Just go, plug in, log on and get to work.
For storing unlimited data than this there are many choices, but Carbonite is very popular, used by over 50,000 businesses. There are plans for home offices along with backups for big business as well.
Once your at carbonite.com, you’ll have those important files backed up in minutes, then it’s all automated after that.
External Hard Drives
People who have used external drives over the years, end up with dozens of them. Video and photography that takes u huge amounts of space. You’ll need to mark them properly, or wind up bringing all of your drives when travelling . This increases the chance of them being damaged, lost or stolen.
They do transfer files quicker, but if you are going to use them, be sure to have separate drives for your active versus your stored files. Also, be sure to store them someplace secure, like a fireproof safe.
These days you can get a drive that holds one terabyte of information for about $100.00 (I have seen them on sale for as low as $69.00). Two terabytes of memory is going to run you about $140.00
Go to Tigerdirect for good deals on these.