06-18-2008 01:48 AM - last edited on 04-13-2011 08:35 AM by AlanM
What is a backup?
A backup is a system to protect your data wherein there are multiple copies of the data stored in multiple locations. For instance, a good backup might include the data on the computer, an external drive that has the data and is kept with the computer, an online online backup of very important files, and also DVD’s or another external hard drive kept in a safety deposit box.
Applications and hardware can fail no matter how reliable a PC or server is, so it is vital to have a good backup solution. Though once costly and complex, backups are now inexpensive, simple to use, and depending on the solution, completely automated. If your data, your time, and your money money are truly important, it makes sense to develop a strategy based on those needs to keep your data safe and to choose hardware and software that fits with your strategy.
What is the difference between imaging, archiving and backing up data?
Which backup strategy is the right one for me?
You should backup your data as often as it changes.
Murphy's Law applies to data in this way: The likelihood of suffering data loss increases in direct proportion to the elapsed time since your last backup.
In layman's terms, the day you do not back up your data, something will go wrong.
Here is our recommended backup strategy:
How many backups do I need?
A good backup strategy should include backups of your backups. The reason for this is that your original data and your backup might be damaged or lost (for example, lightning strikes or a burglary at your home/office). That is why it is wise to use multiple backup media, such as 2 or 3 external drives, alternating between them, one of which you always take with you off-site. That is, if it is within your budget.
Keep in mind that the more important the data is to you, the more backups you should have; it is always cheaper to have multiple backups than to have to send a drive to a data recovery service to retrieve data.
Other backup alternatives include CDROM, DVD, online storage such as eVault, tapes, and Blu-ray discs.
If your system fails completely, you will need to do what is called a system recovery. This process calls for reloading the operating system, the backup software, and all applications and restoring the data.
With the aid of disaster recovery software like DiscWizard, Seagate Replica, Seagate BlackArmor software, and Apple Time Machine. If you used one of these solutions to back up your computer before the system failure, the image backup will allow you to perform the restore process to get the operating system, data, and applications back onto the computer.
In the case that you have a data-only backup, you would first need to reinstall the operating system and the programs before moving the data files back to the computer.
For more information, please see:
See Document ID: 213011 - Interactive Seagate and Maxtor Software Guide for more information on which Seagate or Maxtor-brand product offers which bundled backup software. Please note that DiscWizard and manual backup methods can be used on any external drive (except for Seagate Replica).