In the first 2 parts of this series we took a look at what exactly data is and how it makes up all of our digital possessions and how we can manage that data to make life easier and have access to what we need when we need it. In this final installment to the three part series on data, we will take look at effective ways and process to backup your data so you never have to worry about losing your digital possessions.
It’s inevitable that hard drive will fail, a device will break or you may accidentally delete or misplace your treasured data. Having a backup strategy and plan in place will give you peace of mind that your data is safe and secure. A lot of people are sometimes put off by the process and setup of creating and managing backups for their data, their is a lot of mis information and technical jargon involved in other guides, videos and tutorials that can intimated someone who is looking to setup a backup system. At the core of a good backup plan is automation, you should never rely on yourself to initiate a backup, yes I just said that we, as humans are the weak link, while you should never trust yourself with maintaining backups, you should ensure that you confirm that backups are hapeegin and retrievable.
There are many backup technologies in the form of both hardware and software, most operating systems, theater on mobile or a desktop or laptop will offer some sort of settings for creating backups. The hardware that is typically needed is an external hard drive, a 1TB external hard drive is typically enough for the average computer user that is looking to back up a workstation or 2, if you are looking to back up business workstations or servers you may want to look into a larger drive or even better a NAS RAID array such as Synology.