Sunday 25 January 2009

Home Backup Strategy - Part 1 - Introduction


So you've been using your digital camera for a few years now and you've been creating home video masterpieces with your digital camcorder for even longer.

Since getting an mp3 player your music collection has exploded and your not sure how many word documents and spreadsheets you have in 'My Documents'.

All this data is held on your main computer. In this situation if your computer failed you would loose all the kids photos, videos, all your music collection and all your documents. You would loose everything!

How can we stop this from happening? This is the basis of this article.

Gone are the days when burning your important data to a few CD's every so often would constitute a backup strategy. The main reasons for this are as follows:

The volume of data that we store at home has grown to hundreds of gigabytes, this is mainly due to all the media that we have on our drives.

The data on our computers is added to alot more frequently. If you think that when you copy your photos from your camera to the PC then it will add multiple gigabytes to your backup.

With these two points in mind we need to think about implementing a Home Backup Strategy.

The options that are available for backing up personal data are

  • Large USB stick
  • Another internal drive
  • External hard drive
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Online Backup

In part 2 we will go through each option and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

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