Backing up Digital Contents

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Anyone who has lost a file or other computer-stored information knows the frustration of recreating the data (maps, digital videos, audio files, text files, and slideshows) from scratch. Worse yet are those who've experienced system crashes without a backup. Fact is, it's a good idea to protect your digital data.


Some Aspects to Consider

Proper file organization: Some basic assumptions of data protection and integrity are that you have proper naming protocols and organization strategies for your files. Use due diligence in terms of updating files and not reverting to older versions.

Power sourcing: Another standard is that you're using battery-powered backup for the power source. These often involve surge-protection capabilities as well.

Desktop storage devices: Various digital memory tools may be used by desktop computer users to protect the contents of their computers. It helps to know whether you want piecemeal backup or full computer backup.

Amounts of content: How much content you have will affect the type(s) of storage you use. Text files without images generally require less digital storage space. Digital images (especially unedited ones from digital cameras), videos, and multimedia files require much more storage. Digital data sets may require a fair amount of digital storage space. GIS (geographical information systems) data requires the most.

Types of storage devices: People who have small amounts of digital content may rely on CDs, DVDs, and USB flash drives if they care about data portability and low costs. These require human interventions for storage, which means consciously moving data into those storage devices. These are not advisable for sensitive information because of the ease of misplacement, loss, or theft.

Those who have more digital content(s) may use external or internal hard drives. These merely require drag-and-drop backup for files and folders. Because of their portability, these devices are not recommended for sensitive information either.

Tape backups involve automatic and regular updates of digital contents.

Organizational Solutions

Organizational solutions: Those who have many gigabytes of data may consider uploading contents to servers or networked storage. These may be the safest types of storage, with private, non-shared folders on server drives.

Other Considerations

Storage devices should generally not be co-located with the computing machine because water damage or fire could destroy both the versions of the file, which undercuts any storage redundancies.

See Also

"Backup." Wikipedia.