Backup best practices for home use

Backing up your data is possibly one of the wisest things you could ever do. Speaking from personal experience, i had my main hard disk fail a few years back and i lost documents, music and photographs spanning back a whole decade. I still have the disk hoping that one day i come across a magic cure but up to now the magic hasn’t happened, and i am unwilling to pay £500-£1000 with no guarantee to get it back. After this happening to a recent customer i have decided to write this guide to data safety in the hopes i can save someone from suffering the same fate.

Hardware Backup Solutions

This software is our top recommendation. Especially if you have purchased a twin SSD & HDD PC from ourselves, as you can create an image of your SSD hard disk to your conventional Data drive. We configure these PC’s to keep all data on the data drive even if you create  new user. The great advantage of this is if you wreck your operating system, you can boot to a USB stick with Acronis on it and restore your SSD Hard disk, which will keep all your files intact, though if you add programs you will need to recreate the image. With this solution you would still need to backup your data drive to an external hard disk but this is as good as it gets.
NAS storage is a great backup solution for many devices, as this plugs into your router and becomes available on your network, allowing devices to use it just like a hard disk without wires, the added advantage is that you can share photos and videos to devices such as televisions. The higher end units such as the one illustrated have more than one hard disk and can save a clone of your data on the fly. the downside though is the cost.
An external hard disk, you can manually save your files to an external hard disk though beware as stated earlier a back up is your data in two locations and we have come across customers who have been just saving to an external hard disk also a downside to this is most users are not religious about carrying out a backup routine, you could use one of the million backup software programs out there to do it for you in fact Windows has one built in, but the hard disk must be plugged in for the backup operation to be performed and in our experience this has not been so.

Cloud Based Backup Solutions

Livedrive is a service/application which Automatically backs up your data to the cloud by comparing the files on your PC with those that have been previously uploaded, but the more data you have the longer the comparison process takes and depending on your broadband speed the upload process can take sometime. Apart from this Livedrive is a great back up solution as it is automatic and therefore doesn’t require human intervention we can arrange this for you a cost of £5.00 per month per user, please call for more information.
Carbonite is very similar solution as livedrive and costs £6.00 per month per user. Which you would prefer is down to personal preference.
Dropbox again is Similar to the other cloud back up solutions out there in many respects. but does work slightly differently, when you install Dropbox the application creates a folder on your PC and anything you put within that folder is uploaded to the cloud, many companies use this in order to share data with other colleagues by installing the same account on many PC’s which is fine if you don’t need to backup sensitive data, if you do then Dropbox offer “Dropbox for Business” where you have many user accounts and you can decide what to share with whom. the downside is this can soon get expensive.