Goldmine Ways to Backup Your Data
Updated: Jun 8
“Make sure you back it up!” is not just a mantra for commercial computer users, it’s one that should also be used in home computing. Essential data could be made up of many things you don’t want to lose if your computer unexpectedly crashes. Precious photos of the family, important work documents, copies of letters or even entire websites – these all need to be backed up securely and protected.
1. Discs or USB Sticks
If your essential data is quite small in size, you could probably fit it onto a rewritable DVD or USB stick. The advantage is that you don’t need to have a great deal of technical knowledge anyone who has saved a file on a USB stick is able to back something up onto it. However, if you have a lot of data, such as home videos or other large files, this may not be for you.
2. External Hard Drive
This is a more secure option as it means there’s no chance of deterioration (in the case of DVDs) or getting lost (like a small USB stick). The cost of external hard drives drops every year and now most home computing data can fit onto one drive. Often, these drives also come with software to help you through the backup process.
3. Cloud Backup
This is the best option for people who still need frequent access to the data that they back up, such as work documents or important office spreadsheets, for example. There are many free cloud data services that will let you have a free account to start with, such as Google Drive or Dropbox. A copy is automatically saved online as well as on your computer, so you don’t need to remember to run a formal backup.
4. Contact IT Professional
Last option if in doubt contact us for a sameday service.
Backing up is a good habit often ignored in home computing. If your computer does fail but you’ve backed everything up,you can restore your data quickly and effectively. If you are still having issues or worried about you data contact us and don't do nothing eles just in case you delete your data.
For more information on how we can help you keep your computer in great shape, or for advice on how to fix it if your computer is already in need of repair, call us at Goldmine IT Support Ltd today 0203 583 2650 or 07951 337 336.