Today, more than ever, we rely on our computers for day-to-day tasks. Many businesses cannot even run when their computer systems are down. What if your data or photos were completely lost for good?
Often times we see someone who has deleted a file and we are asked to restore the file for them. It is always recommended to run a backup, but how often does anyone actually do it?
We have asked numerous people when the last time they ran a backup was, and have had many laugh and admit it had been a while. On top of just running a backup, those backups must be checked to be ensure they are good. A backup that is untested or not working is just as good as no backup at all.
External backup drives, just like regular computer hard drives can go bad without warning. If you are not checking your backups, you may never know that they are not running until it is too late.
When running a backup, we recommend checking it once a week, and taking your backups off-site, too. If your home or business is robbed, or a disaster such as a flood, fire or theft happens, your data may be lost. In addition, some viruses can destroy all copies of your files connected to your computer, including your external backup drive. The best way to ensure your data is safe is to have a copy on-site, and one off-site – whether it be a physical drive elsewhere or a cloud backup solution.
EthernetGeeks is trained in a variety of backup solutions (including cloud backup) and data recovery. Data recovery can take weeks, and is very expensive. It is always best to have a solid backup solution in place – especially with solutions as cheap as they are today.
For more information or questions about backups, please feel free to reach out to us. There are solutions available for every budget.