The Basics of Backup

The Basics of Backup

#1 Rule of backup: Make sure you have one!

Not sure how backup options differ? Let’s dive in.

Backup to:

A USB stick / hard drive: 

This is a common tactic that can be done either manually or automatic on a schedule. It can be as simple as dragging and dropping files and folders to a USB stick (thumb drive) or an external hard drive.

For automated backups, Windows has a simple, yet effective backup tool that can automate backups to either drive.

The Basics of Backup


Cloud backup:

Files are uploaded to an online storage provider such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

These services have come a long way and can be a simple and secure backup method for those with a fast, reliable Internet connection. Cloud backups and file repositories allow for greater collaboration, as well as accessing files on the go!

The Basics of Backup


NAS (Network Attached Storage) backup:

A robust, two-hard drive appliance offering redundancy in case one hard-drive was to fail. A NAS solution also offers enhanced file versioning, file sharing and networking capabilities.

It can easily act as a central, local file repository for your team. It can additionally pair with a Cloud Backup provider noted above to leverage both local and offsite backups.

Data Backup


We’ll cover the USB and Cloud methods independently, and more in-depth, in upcoming tech blog posts. Want to vote for which to cover first? Or want to vote on what topic we should cover in the future? Send us a message or write on our Facebook wall.


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