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The Importance of Backing Up Data

Data can be lost for many reasons — theft, storms, power outages, fires, floods, or human mistakes. Yes, that’s correct - human error is among the top reasons people lose their data. Sometimes this is caused by an accidental deletion or coffee spills, while at other times, it’s simply because the user forgot to back up the file. The good news is that there are a few viable options to help back up your data to prevent losses, and this is what we’re discussing today.

What is a Data Backup?


Data backups occur when the data, files, and other information on your computer are copied into another location for safekeeping. Essentially, this means you have the copy already on your computer and another on the backup. This process protects your photos and important documents, so you never lose them.

Data Backup Options

In today’s technological world, many options exist for backing up your data. You’ll find that some are excellent for security but make it a hassle to recover files, while others are simple to use but don’t offer enough security. The best data backups are those that protect your files from all risks, are easy to use, and help you recover what you need with little to no hassle. That said, here are three of the most common types of data backups:

Automatic Cloud Backup

It’s common for people to confuse cloud backup with cloud storage, but they are widely different. Sure, both services store files at offsite locations and will protect your information from storms, power outages, fires, and other disasters. However, cloud backup is a software-based solution that completely automates your backup process. So, while your files are stored in the cloud, your computer is equipped with software that always works silently in the background.

External Hard Drives

This remains a common method for backing up data because it’s been trusted for many years. So, people are comfortable with the idea. What’d more, the process only requires the user to connect the external hard drive to their computer and begin transferring folders as necessary - making it simple and quick.

Flash, USB, or Thumb Drive

Flash drives and other counterparts work a lot like external hard drives but offer less storage space. These are only recommended for limited backup options, as you will only be able to store specific files or information. Many people like these because what they lack in storage, they make up for in portability.

What’s the Best Way to Back Up Data?

The best solution for backing up data is a cloud backup or an external hard drive. Keep in mind that external hard drives can also become damaged or corrupted. However, with cloud backup, this is never an issue. In fact, people prefer cloud backup from providers such as Carbonite or

Barracuda because of these reasons:

● Fully protects data from disasters such as power outages, floods, storms, and fires.

● The backup process is fully automated, so you never have to worry about manually backing up folders or files.

● These systems save previous versions of the files so you can recover from a ransomware attack or virus without having to pay to get your information back.

At the end of the day, backing up your data will save you a great deal of headaches and heartbreak in the event of a disaster or computer malfunction. If you still have questions or need help deciding which data backup method is right for you, give us a call. Our friendly experts at 208Geek are always here to lend a helping hand!

About 208 Geek in Meridian, Idaho

Owner/Operator Jacob Van Vliet began building and repairing computer systems for friends and family out of his home in 2001. Jacob was receiving so many requests for computer repair, that in the Fall of 2005, he opened 208 Geek with the vision of providing outstanding service and peace of mind. He has committed 208 Geek to delivering unparalleled, friendly, and professional service, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


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