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How Good is Your Backup?

Backup Part II

So now, let's take a dive into the world of backups.

Local Backup:

Using an external drive you can use the native backup software on your Windows (Windows Backup) or Mac (Time Machine).

With this feature you have a system that can take care of your files and schedule.

You can decide what to backup and what not to.

Another option is to create a clone of your drive, this allows you to boot to that drive, and continue working, in case your original drive crashes.

You will need an external drive and software like Carbon Copy Cloner, or SuperDuper for Mac or Acronis True Image, or Macrium Reflect.

Off Site Backup:

Taking the previous step a notch up, you could also have a second external drive to backup your data.  BUT be sure to switch the external drives you backup to every other week, and take one to safe location (Your home, bank, etc).

In this way, you always have one backup outside the office, so in a worse case scenario you would only lose one-week worth of work.


Cloud Backup: (A.K.A Off Site backup)

The big magic words that everybody loves to hear are Cloud backup.  Where is your data backed up? Somewhere in the cloud…

Cloud backup is a solution that places your data in the cloud. What is this cloud you ask?

Well, it’s another company’s computers and hard drive space you “rent” to hold your data.

Each company like Google, Apple, Backblaze, Amazon etc. has its storage farm where they backup all your data.

These services vary in pricing and capabilities like storage space, encryption, speed, redundancy and more.

So what is the best, or recommended cloud solution?

That’s on Part 3… Stay tuned.