Data Backup for home users

März 12, 2008

For home PC users the main source of data backup is to make the image of their Hard Disk and store it in CD’s or DVD’s and if needed can restore it from the same. This method is the cheapest and best alternative for the home users to rely on data backup.

As the storage capacity of dual layer has increased more data can be stored on it and thus it provides a god alternative for low cost home users to backup their data.

There are also many companies also which provide free online storage for the individuals where they can store their important data. But again when it comes to online storage two main points must be kept in mind, first is data security and privacy.

In spite of this many people prefer these services and go for tem. There are services where you can have these data store online on remote servers and you can even be provided with ftp control of the online disk storage that you have made.

Another way the personal PC user can take backup is on removable drives like USB Hard Disk. As the capacity of removable drives are also very large and being light weight it becomes easy to carry the same. So not only enterprise people can backup their important data the individual users can also perform these backups.

What files should be backed up?

Now what data to be selected to be backed up depends almost everything upon the people’s importance about a particular data. Let look it on for the Windows XP system of what files to be kept for backing up and what to leave without backup.

System Files – For the average user there is no need to back up your operating system files. What ‘is’ important is to protect the original media, i.e., the Windows XP CD and all of your program installation discs. Windows XP comes with System Restore that backs up all of your system files automatically or you can create a restore point whenever you’d prefer. System Restore is specifically designed to act in concert with the operating system to restore it in case of a system problem.

Archive Files – These are files acquired through any number of methods, either downloaded or created by you that don’t change once they have been created. Image and audio files are good examples in this category. They are looked at and listened to for enjoyment but as a rule they seldom if ever receive any modification once they have been added to your system. To back up these same files repeatedly is a waste of time and storage space.

Current Data Files – Of everything on your system, these are the files you want backed up and protected on a regular basis. The list of included files will vary by user, but a few examples are text documents, spreadsheets, financial records, databases, e-mail, internet favorites, Personal Information Managers (PIM’s), website projects, and generally any type of data you create and work with or modify on a regular basis.