Domestic Backup

Nobody enjoys backing up their computers, but the pain of losing years of photos, documents, music, and whatever else is far worse. Many of those items will be irreplaceable. It usually takes getting burned once to be prodded into a backup strategy. Being prepared before that first disaster is a much safer option. If you've yet to experience a major data loss, consider yourself lucky.

 

Try to scare yourself into it by imagining losing every picture of your children, every vacation, graduation, birthday, wedding - the list goes on.

 

There are three primary methods of home backup:

  • Same machine backup.

  • External drive backup.

  • Cloud-based backup.

 

Each of these methods has their Pros and Cons.

 

Same Machine Backup

 

This is the practice of making copies of files on the same computer and even the same hard drive to help you recover from an accidental deletion or irreparable change. Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X both have a feature that can create automatic shadow copies of files which let you revert to a previous point in time or recover a deleted file.

 

Pros

  • Great for accidental deletion of documents and files

  • Useful for reverting unwanted changes or comparing changes

  • Handy for shared directories

  • Better than having nothing

  • Cheap to setup 

 

Cons

  • Single point of failure, if your hard drive dies, you lose your backup

  • Reliant on operating system. If system becomes corrupted, data backups may be lost

  • Single location, Any disaster like fire or flood, etc and your data could be lost

  • High rate of device failure

  • Not easily expandable

 

External Drive Backup

 

Typically backup software is used in conjunction with a separate hard drive that is not the same drive which holds your operating system. This can be an attached USB drive, Networked Attached Storage (NAS), or even a separate hard drive inside your computer. 

 

Pros

  • Backup software will handle everything automatically, including the option of a full system image backup

  • Fast backups

  • Potentially expandable

  • Potentially portable

  • Potentially redundant

  • Dedicated drive, independent from your main hard drive so if your system crashes, your data backup is still safe

 

Cons

  • Possible device failure

  • Potential single location problem

  • Can be expensive

  • Can be complex

  • Can limit expansion

 

Cloud Backup

 

Backing up to the cloud can be a fantastic option for those with a manageable amount of data and a solid internet connection. File changes and system snapshots are either periodically uploaded to a remote backup server or done in real-time. Backups can then be downloaded back to your machine for recovery. These services generally carry a monthly subscription fee to keep you protected. 

 

Pros

  • Off-site backup means that you are protected from disaster

  • Backups are independent to your system/hardware

  • Backup software will automatically handle the process

  • No worries of hardware failure

  • Very easy to expand 

 

Cons

  • The first backup can take a lot of time

  • Service plans can get more costly as your data grows

  • Reliance on an outside company to secure your data

With my secure cloud backup, you get military-grade, secure storage in two UK data centres, quick and easy setup and telephone support if needed.

Alternatively, I can help with either of the other backup methods if required.

 

Using my secure data backup, you get:

  • All backups are stored in two UK data centres

  • Your data is fully encrypted and protected even before it leaves your computer.

  • This service is fully managed and monitored by my system 24hrs a day so that any problems are picked up quickly and corrected.

  • No lock-in contract, just use month to month and pay by direct debit.

 

Price Guide

 

Prices start from as little as £5.99per month for 25Gb of fully managed storage space and this can be increased to any size, depending on your individual needs.

 

Sign up below for a free, no obligation 30-day trial. (free trial gives you 5Gb to try out, but this can be increased if Needed) 

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