File backups is one of the most important things you have to put in mind when using the computer. Data keeping is one of the most important aspects of life, if you lose information, you may end up losing your destination.
As computer systems are not 100% reliable and safe, you need somewhere else to keep a duplicate if possible, even triplicate of your data. Files backups are just like subscribing to an insurance premium.
As I earlier said, the computer system is not 100% reliable when it comes to saving data; I know you would have gotten an experience just like me on what I am saying.
There are a number of ways your files can get lost and I will cite examples;
1. You might mistakenly delete your file,
No one is above mistake, this may look stupid, but it had happened to me a number of times, imagine I just finish typing an article of over 1000 words with a sticky note application and while trying to look for a short-cut to add a feature, tapping on ‘ctrl D’, the whole thing just disappeared, closing the sticky note application completely, don’t even think of ‘ctrl Z’ here, because it will never work, the sticky note version had never got a portal where you can retrieve your material, not even in the recycle bin, I never knew ‘ctrl D’ is for delete in that particular version. I need not to tell you how the experience looks like, you may laugh at me because I look stupid, but remember something similar or worse may happen to you. You can now see how important File backup is each time you work on your computer.
2. You might be a victim computer virus attack.
Honestly I don’t know what else to say, the efficacy and gravity of computer viruses grows every day, and your anti-virus software might not just be reliable enough, hackers are not relenting, there are a number of viruses they release into air on daily basis, even if you update your anti-virus per second, the virus also seems to get updated per time.
Besides the virus that enters your computer through email and downloads, you are also prone when you receive a transferred file, through Bluetooth, infrared, USB, flash drive or transfer of any kind.
I think my personal experience will do.
As at when I was running my final project for my Degree, I used my desktop PC to analyze some statistical data and gave some out on contract to beat the time, as at the time the other one I contracted out was ready, I collected it with a flash drive to combine them with the one on my PC. Immediately I introduced the flash drive into my PC, the whole data just disappeared, transformed into a kind of code, virus had eaten them up, all of them, and later, it eventually crashed down my OS and I had to go for a formatting, all my data were irretrievable, I had to start all over again. Hope you felt my pain? So take a lesson from me and always do a file backup every time you work with your computer.
3. You hard drive may suddenly crash
This occurrence is just like having a fire out-break on your home, every is gone, you are unable to recover anything, only an insurance will help out, but if you have subscribe for none, your whole life just got screwed up. In the PC world, file backups is your insurance premium.
4. You computer may got lost or stolen
In this case, all your office record, your family photos, favorite videos, they are all gone. You may never get them back again, except you had duplicated them elsewhere that are one of why file backups is very important.
There are still lots of reasons, but those above is enough for a lesson, I don’t need to emphasis on any other before you start imbibing the habit of file backups.
Unlike in the old times, file backup system are now advance and easier.
Systems of file backups
I will classify the file backup systems into two.
1. Offline systems of file backups
This involves the use of CD, DVD, Flash drives, and External hard drives to back up your files. The floppy disk seems to be obsolete as I don’t come across them in town anymore. You will require a CD or DVD writer to run file backup on CD or DVD, most computers comes with writer ROM drive these days, you may also get an external version in stores around.
2. Online file backup system
Nowadays, we now have the online backup system, also known as the network drives. All you just need is to subscribe for one and your data goes there even while you are still working, the file backup system here is automatic.
Examples of cloud drives includes; Dropbox, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive etc. Your data is uploaded to an online storage space.
On hotmail, Microsoft offers enough storage space where you can store your emails, contacts and calendars; you will be able to sync your files and folders across PC devices. You can do a little more research and see which cloud service suites your needs.
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