In the past week I have had contact with several people who have lost files,or suffered other issues with computers that have caused much anxiety and in some cases, information, or pictures have been lost forever.

While backing up data would seem to be a  self evident task for every business, even home computer users need to look seriously at backing up their data.

Take these statistics from a survey of small business in the USA – I am sure they would be similar here in Australia:

  • According to Imation’s Small Business Survey Special Report, 30 percent of small businesses admit they have no formal data backup and storage procedures, or do not implement their procedures consistently.
  • Fifty-five percent of small businesses rated themselves as “fair” or “poor” in terms of having a documented disaster recovery plan, or do not have one at all.
  • Review and evaluation of data backup and storage procedures is not a common practice among small businesses.?
  • The majority of small companies backup critical data on a daily basis, and daily backups are more common among companies that deal with higher volumes of data. But one in three small businesses still
  • wait until there is a problem before reviewing and evaluating their backup and storage procedures.
  • Moreover, 21 percent said that they are doing a “fair” or “poor” job of periodically removing important business data offsite, a vital procedure to protect businesses from physical disaster. An additional
  • 13 percent of small businesses admitted to not removing backup files at all that’s 34 percent at risk.
  • Gartner (an industry analyst firm that covers the technology market) estimates that less than half of all midsize businesses and only 25 percent of small businesses have disaster recovery plans in place.
  • Data loss costs US businesses billions of dollars each year. Nearly 50 percent of small and medium-sized businesses that are directly affected by a fire or natural disaster go out of business within 5 years.

These statistics are pretty sobering for business, and the figure is likly much higher for personal computers where people do not regard their ‘data’ as vital.

However, since the advent of digital cameras, ‘data’ means the family photo album is now digital, and at great risk should your hard drive fail. In the old days it was always said that if you save only one thing from the house in times of natural disaster or fire, make sure it is the family photos.

Today, not only is their fire, flood, storm to worry about, but also your compter hard drive failing and leaving you staring at an inoperable computer and potentially all your family photos, emails, letters bank records, and the myriad of other ‘stuff’ that is stored on computer.

Fortunately there are afordable and easy to use software packages available that will allow you to easily perform daily backups of the data on your hard drive. In fact, itr is also possible to back up your entire hard drive, including the operating system and all settings.

The data can then be stored on an external hard drive or even uploaded to an online storage area.

One such program is Acronis True Image. Used in a regular way Acronis True Image ensures that all your important data, including photos, videos, music, documents and applications, are fully protected and can be recovered quickly in the event of any disaster.

In addition, you can also temporarily store information while you make changes to your computer operating system (for instance installing a new program.

Need more than daily backups? Not a problem as incremental backups can be made in time spaces as little as every five minutes. If something goes wrong, you have dozens of restore points available throughout each day.

Plus you get access to the Acrnis online backup centre which allows you access to your backups via the internet, from any comnputer in the world.

Read more about Acronis True Image.



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