The Original File Backup System
Have you ever been working on a file and thought to yourself:
"This file is really important, I’m going to email myself a copy just in case something happens."
"I have to make some changes to this, but I want to be able to refer back to this version exactly the way it is right now, so I’m going to save it again with a different name."
If so then you’re already familiar with one kind of backup system: manual backups. These are backups, which you make by hand whenever you think of it. Maybe you have a reminder that goes off every day or every week telling you to make a backup, and then you do a certain set of steps. Or maybe you just use “Save As” to make a new copy of a file with a new name. If you have ever found yourself working on a file named something like “Proposal_Draft_Final_3.doc” then manual backups are already part of your daily life.
What Options Do You Have to Backup Your Computer?
Years ago the only way to do backups was to manually create a new file or to save your files to tape drives which were usually slow and expensive. Most people never even knew about tape drives, and few people could afford them. Tape drives were primarily used by corporations for large data backups.
Fortunately today there are more backup options than ever before. You can backup your computer (or just selected files) to:
Which Backup Solution is Right for You?
Before you can decide which backup system is right for you, it’s important to think about what you are trying to accomplish with your backups:
Do you want to protect yourself against losing all of your files, applications, and settings? Would you like to be able to see your previous versions of files? Are you worried about turning on your computer one day and finding out that the hard drive has failed? Is it important to minimize the "down time" of your computer, so you can get back to work quickly? Are you worried about losing your files in a robbery or a disaster? Maybe you’d like to have access to all your files wherever you go?
With those questions in mind let’s take a closer look at each of your options.
Let’s get started.