A computer backup is a process of creating a second copy of important documents and files from your hard drive and saving the copy on a remote server. Duplicate copies of your important information saved in a remote location keep the information safe in case anything goes wrong with your computer.
While we would like to believe our hard drives are immune to incidents that cause data loss, in actuality, there are many ways to lose important files and information:
Computer crashes – "the blue screen of death" always happens when you least expect it and certainly when you do not need it to, and can lead to a loss of data, file corruption and the need for a complete restoration.
Virus/Malware infection – with malicious hackers working overtime to create viruses, trojan worms, and malware that can get around anti-virus software, aggressive viruses corrupt files and completely disable computers.
Hard drive failure - Because they have a limited lifetime, hard drives fail suddenly and without warning. The sudden death of your hard drive causes the catastrophic loss of several months' or even years' worth of irreplaceable files
Physical computer damage – While PC's come with a few issues of their own, your files are even more at risk on a laptop. With light and portable convenience comes reduced durability. Laptops are sensitive and one misstep, drop or spill causes easy damage
Theft – computers are a high ticket item for thieves who can strike at any time. Without a data backup, a thief is in possession of both your physical equipment and your sensitive data, photos and documents.
The bottom line is that it is wise to take steps to protect your information from sudden loss. A backup to your own computer's hard drive is ideal for restoration purposes, but in the event of a total computer breakdown or loss, your information is vulnerable. Weekly backups to remote locations make far more sense and are safer and easier.
For more information and help backing up your computer, contact the experts at Computer Corner.