The importance of backing up your computer, laptop, or phone

This article concentrates on how to recover data that you have backed up. The premise here is that there has been a hardware failure, a catastrophic problem with the operating system, or a natural disaster that has taken down your IT infrastructure.  In such an event, you can completely restore backed up data to a new physical location or cloud location.

Although this article touches on the importance of:

  1. creating backup
  2. designing a disaster-recovery plan
  3.  backups in the cloud

We will primarily focus on what you should do to recover your data once a disaster has occurred. You can use these guidelines when performing quarterly or semiannual disaster-recovery run-throughs.

Planning for Backup and Disaster Recovery

You cannot restore your data/infrastructure if you don’t have a backup. So the first step in protecting data is to develop a good backup plan. With regular backups, you can recover your system’s data in a matter of hours.

The second step in protecting your data is to come up with a disaster-recovery plan. Once a month you should run a test restore of data saved to  a thumb or external drive to ensure that the backups function correctly. Once a quarter, or at a minimum twice a year, run through your disaster-recovery procedure to make sure you are well prepared in the event of an actual disaster.

Cynthetic Systems can help you with all of these tasks and give you peace of mind that your data is backed up.

Disaster-Recovery Checklist

Most recoveries will be the result of one failed hardware device. However, it may be necessary to rebuild your computer, laptop or tablet completely in the event of a catastrophe, such as a fire. Once your disaster-recovery plan is in place, revisit it periodically to ensure that it still meets the needs of your family or business.

A basic recovery plan includes the following elements:

•          A written statement of how long you expect recovery will take and how much data (defined in days or weeks) you can afford to lose.

•          Current full and incremental data backups.

•          A current full system backup.

•          A complete checklist of all the hardware you are using (computers, laptops, phones, tablets).

•          A list of the software versions and service subscriptions you are using.

•          Centrally stored and easily accessible copies of software, device drivers and subscription passwords.

•          A plan to regularly do a PC Tune up to prevent potential problems.

Be sure that you test your recovery plan thoroughly.

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