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Backup Strategies For The Home User.


Chris Hall



You hear about it all the time. There was a power surge. The system overheated. The hard drive failed. These are just a few of the ways that you can lose all of your precious data. The computer industry estimates that 43 percent of computer users suffer data loss every year. How would you feel about becoming part of that unhappy statistic?

The only way to be safe is to have a sound backup strategy.

Now instead of asking, “Why do I need to backup?” A better question might be why don’t you backup? A sound backup strategy is almost second nature in the business world, but for the average home user - who now stores most of their family photos, vacation videos, and music on the computer - the thought never crosses their mind.

While this may seem a fairly straightforward idea there are many factors that dictate exactly what procedure you should use to protect your important data. There are many different factors to consider when designing a backup strategy that best suits your needs:

What are you willing to lose? Here you will need to decide what really needs to be backed up. Whether its simply documents and email, pictures, video, music, or even the entire computer, you will have to come to a conclusion on what data needs to be safely backed up and from what point are you willing to start from scratch.

How will your backup strategy fit into your budget? Simply put, what you are willing to spend on a backup strategy will dictate what you can backup. Would between $50 to $500 be acceptable for an external hard drive? Would you prefer to pay a small monthly or yearly service fee for online backup? What this question really comes down to is this: what is your data worth to you? If it’s a few documents that you would hate to lose, but know you could recreate, the answer might be a small number. However when it comes to something like family photos or videos, the answer is probably closer to priceless. The important thing is to find a happy middle ground between cost and peace of mind.

What backup medium works best for your lifestyle? Here you need to decide what type of backup will best suit your needs. If you have a laptop and are always on the move, an online backup is a great option because anywhere there is an internet connection, you will have the ability to backup or restore your data. Have a desktop at home with a large amount of games, pictures, videos, and music? Either a high capacity external drive, multiple CDs or DVDs, or a tape backup may better suit your needs.

What level of protection gives you the best peace of mind? Do you need backups of your backups? Now don’t laugh. That external hard drive works great. But say you left it on your computer desk and a thief steals it along with your desktop machine? Or, you pull out those trusty DVDs to restore the pictures you accidentally deleted only to find that they are unreadable. While you can’t account for every possible thing that can go wrong with your backups, having at least some redundancy in your backup strategy can have a great impact on the success of getting things back to normal.

If after reading this article, the idea of designing a backup strategy for yourself seems more important, we can help. The experts of Unique Business Services can assess your individual situation and design a backup strategy that best suits your needs at a cost that you can afford. Get the peace of mind you deserve. Call us today at 888.438.8271 or email us at for more information.

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