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David Griffin - Friday, April 13, 2018

Backing up is something that people don’t often think about. In fact, even in some cases, people think they are doing backups but actually they are not.

There is specialized software one can purchase that backs up everything important to you. However, it must be noted that there is not a “one type fits all backup solution”. There are many backup options available these days meaning, you can, with the right help, get the best possible backup solution for your needs.

The most common types of backups we see, especially among small business owners is the simple copy and paste method onto USB flash drives. While I’m proud to see customers protecting their data, and of course we do congratulate them on the effort, at least they are doing something to protect their important data. However, this still is not a best practice solution for keeping ones data safe.

There are many options you can use that you may already have access to… for free! For example, Windows 7 has the Backup and Restore feature that you can setup easily by just opening the start menu and typing “backup” – you should see the backup and restore feature appear. Plug in an unused USB hard drive, create a schedule by picking the recurrence and time, and that’s it.

Windows 10 and 8.1 have an interesting backup system called “file history”. File history saves copies and archives them based on the date and time they were “backed up”. For example you can tell file history which folders in particular you want backed up and every hour or so, file history will look at those folders and “backup” any changes to that folder. It does this every 15mins to 1 hour, depending on how often you want it to check. By no means is this a new concept in backing up but it is a very neat idea that was normally saved for specialised backup software.

Lastly of course you have specialised backup software, like clonezilla or Acronis True Image. These are very powerful backup tools that we recommend. If you are looking for a backup solution for your business don’t hesitate to call one of our helpful technicians at Hunter Office Supplies.


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