Data backup is an important consideration for all computer users, even home users. You may think that only large businesses that handle huge volumes of data worth substantial sums of money should consider backing up their data. But this is to underestimate the importance of your own data, and to underestimate the time it will take to replace it. There are several reasons to back up your data, and two main ways to do it. The reasons are time saving, loss prevention, and peace of mind. The ways to do it are generally by external hard drive or cloud storage.
Time Saving & Loss Prevention
If you lose all of your data, think about how much time it will take to replace it. There could be a substantial loss of time involved in this process. All of your documents, photographs, music, and any other type of data you have could be gone. Consider how long you worked on the longest document on your computer? Would you really want to go through that process over again for no reason other than a computer malfunction? What about all of your photographs? These memories could be lost. Data recovery is available, but is not always 100% efficient. That one picture you love could be gone forever. It is a huge savings of time to back up your data as compared to recreating it. Data backup, even for home users, is the best option.
Peace of Mind
Data backup for home users is a worthwhile pursuit just for the peace of mind it offers. Even if you never have a computer crash or other technical problem that causes the loss of your data, there is nothing like peace of mind. Just avoiding the time spent worrying about your data is enough of a savings considering how fast and easy it is to back up your data. This is especially true if you have a particularly important document, or one that would be difficult and time consuming to recreate. Data backup can also give you peace of mind if you have a document that is under a deadline. If it is lost the night before the deadline, the situation may not be able to be saved even with an all-nighter.
Ways to Back Up Your Data
There are two main ways a home user can back up their data, through an external storage device, or through a cloud storage service. If you want to use an external storage device, first consider how much data you have that you want to back up. Such large devices are now available that you may want to consider calculating the size of all of your data, and purchasing a device that can hold it all. Then you simply plug in the device, and follow the instructions it gives to back up your data. The other method is through a cloud service. There are several cloud services available. You generally pay a subscription fee, and then the service provider will allow you to upload all of your data to “the cloud” which is usually hosted in their servers. Then, at any time and from any place, you can download your data. Data backup for home users is a worthwhile pursuit.