Archive for disk failure

Computer owners at present find it hard thinking of ways and means to backup critical data and software that they need. Data loss is indeed a nightmare and it’s crucial to ask the question on how data backup can be done to avoid being crippled out of a data loss.

Data backup can be done in hundreds of different ways each having advantages but some are way better than others. The items below are some of the safest but less expensive ways of backing up your data.

  1. 1.       CDs and DVDs

It’s quite obvious at present that most computers have DVD-ROM which can be a great help in writing backup data on CD-Rs and DVD-Rs which are relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of storage media. This method proves to be an effective way if proper care and regular consistency check is done. Be careful not to catch errors, checking stored files occasionally helps secure a working backup just in case your computer bugs down. CDs and DVDs are generally prescribed as secondary backup storage but will serve as a swift solution for urgent file backup.

  1. 2.          Offsite Backup Storage Over  the Internet

Web Based backup providers offer services on a small monthly fee which can start at about ten bucks every month. Using this method is quite impressive since your data is kept safe by encryption. When natural disasters strike, your backup data remains safe in the provider’s server and access to it is done with a simple click. The problem is when the fee jacks up in time. Online backup is a choice only if you want to keep some critical files on a safe and easy to access location far from any disaster or other factors that may trigger its loss.

  1. 3.       USBs, Flashdrives and Thumb Drives

These backup and storage media are great if you have a small amount of data and critical files that needs a backup. Modern thumb drives can store up to 32 gigabytes of memory good enough for your backup needs on a less expensive price plus the portability and ease of use adds more to the reasons why you should use this for your backup and storage requirements.

  1. 4.       External hard drives

This is probably the most effective mode of storage at present. External hard drives come in different storage capacities at a relatively low price but the reliability is far greater compared to the price you paid for it. Some even have built in software that aide in backing up files on a regular basis or even during the night. There’s nothing else that feels really good than waking up having all your critical files updated and backed up to the latest version in a safe and reliable location like an external hard drive.

Backing up data differs in ways but proper steps stay the same in any form of storage. Regularly checking your backup files is important to ensure that it is working and is located in the place where it should be. Develop right backup habits and be assured of an enduring peace of mind and confidence over your critical files.

Categories Computer Maintenance
Comments (0)

Data Recovery Tips

Avoiding data loss at all cost is a primary concern in today’s big business. Losing important business files can prove to be devastating and can even put your business out of track for a long time. Following the guidelines below will help you save your files and your work/business as well.

The First Step is Always Crucial

A clicking or sometimes grinding and whirring inside your computer are signs that your hard drive has a defect. These sounds mean that some mechanical and spinning parts of your disk are scraping against each other which can result to a partial if not complete data loss. Remember to unplug the power first before removing the drive. Static electricity, sudden motion like jarring and jolting can do more damage to your drive and the files stored in it. If the data stored in your drive is important, make sure that you bring it to a reputable data recovery firm that offers service of recovering data from damaged hard drives. Never try it yourself to avoid complete data loss! Multiple data recovery attempts can render your data unrecoverable. Remember! The first attempt is always the most effective one.

What to Do During Disasters

  • Backup data immediately if possible
  • Avoid using utility software when the sounds of death are on. (scrapes, taps, clicks, hums)
  • Avoid powering up a device that is producing sounds of obvious damage
  • Shut computers right away to avoid damage on its hard drive and the data as well
  • Never try retrieving data on damaged hard drive yourself. Powering on and off many times or using recovery software from unsafe sites may render some data useless and may even result to permanent data loss
  • Contact the nearest data recovery team right away. Assuming that everything is gone is proven to be a big mistake.
  • Most data recovery experts working in a firm can restore data from any damaged disk depending on the extent of the damage.

Data Loss Prevention

Businesses and individual computer owners should think of best ways in preserving important data stored in hard drives to ensure that a work, business or any important activity stays on track.

Best Practices You Can Try

  • Ensure that a verified backup is present before upgrading a system
  • Always use latest version of utilities for software, hardware and data protection like antivirus and
  • Make a habit of scanning all data including attachments and software before storing or installing them to your computer.
  • Always use ventilating fans and air conditioning accessories to regulate temperature around server locations
  • Secure a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to protect computers and servers from power interruptions and surges
  • Turn off and take extreme care on damaged computers
  • Static charge and discharge should be avoided when handling hard drives specifically on extremely dry places.

 Effective Backup and Restore Strategies

  • Take time to invest in redundant backup and restore systems.
  • Build up an effective and well-structured backup systems and procedures to make copies of all critical files using compatible software and application
  • Regularly check backed up data to make sure that everything is properly saved and in order.
  • Secure at least one copy of all critical files in an offsite environment.

Backing up your files is like reviving someone’s life. Make sure that you do it properly.

Categories Computer Maintenance
Comments (0)

Offsite backup storage is one way of securing data without the high cost compared to the traditional solution making use of tape backups. The use of tape backup has been effective in the earlier days of computing and data recovery but this method has a host of draw backs including large amount of investment, regular maintenance and the need of organizing a team to maintain and operate it with consistently.

This can be a hassle especially for big companies with large amounts of information that needs backup. This is where offsite backup enters the scene. Having files backed up in an offsite location by a reputable third party is an effective and modern approach to this essential process.

The Benefits

Some advantages of using an offsite backup include:

  • Lesser   Cost

Say goodbye to any outlay on your capital. Offsite backup only requires you to pay a monthly fee on a fixed basis. Fees for the setting it up, operating, maintaining and storage are not needed.

  • Efficient and Effective

Just a few minutes and the installation is done. Offsite backup is easy to use even for a staff that doesn’t have much technical know-how. There’s no need of wasting time looking for the exact tape and waiting for a person to restore data.

  • Reliable

The offsite approach in setting up a backup allows hassle-free and a highly comprehensive protection with its scheduled daily backup. You can choose to have the amount of backup space that you need. Passwords and encryption is provided for high level security of important files plus, your data can also be recovered in an instant. Offsite backup also lessens down-time which reduces wasted productivity. Most allow for web access to files which is useful during business travels or while you are at home. It can also work on PCs individually or in any laptop while stored in file servers and shared by everyone within your business on a secure network technology.

  • Forget about Data Loss During Disasters

Since all the backed up files are stored in a third party location away from your business vicinity, everything is protected against loss. You never have to worry about losing precious files during fire and other natural disasters like earthquakes.

The Process

Once the installation is done then everything follows smoothly. The installed software allows you to choose which files are to be backed up. It also allows you to have a scheduled backup. The software also manages internet connection and encrypts files to 12b-bit before compression. A single click activates backup process. Secure sockets also ensure that all your files are in safety.

A Few Limitations

Offsite Backup is used by almost all industries and businesses including those that are involved in education, medicine and research field but there’s also a drawback with it. An Offsite backup requires connection to the internet over a dial-up connection for small volume of data or a broadband connection for massive amounts of information. Backing up the first time also takes longer but the daily backup process requires lesser time.

With today’s rising instances of unexpected disasters it will be wise to set up this type of backup process. Find an expert and have an offsite backup for your business now!

Categories Computer Maintenance
Comments (0)