Monthly Archives: March 2013

Backups are Important!

One task that is arguably the most important task of all but is rarely done is backups.  Backups in terms of a computer is a way to move data that you have stored on your local computer to a second location whether it be remote or another storage device.  This is so important due to the fact that you never put all of your eggs into one basket, eventually you will fall and lose them all if you do.  If you have a clone of the data you have stored on your computer somewhere else, this data can be recovered if your hard drive was to suddenly crash and burn which happens more often then you might think.  No hard drive is not susceptible to some type of failure, whether it be solid state drives or hard drives.

Before getting into different methods of backing up your data I want to briefly go over different storage types of backups that are in use.  For a small or large business you will see a dedicated computer which its soul job is to perform backups of the computers it is told to backup, storing it on either another hard drive, a media such as tape, or sending to the cloud or internet for off-site backups.  If a business is smart they will have one on-site storage location to get easy access to recent backups and then have an external storage device that has archives as far back as they need to go if the backups they have on-site get destroyed as well or didn’t have what they were looking for.  Home users should use similar types of backups, usually you would have an external hard drive that you would backup your data to and then unplug it and store it somewhere safe so that even if your computer got fried the backup would be safe from harm.  You could also do a online storage backup as well in the cloud, this service usually charges so much per month or on a yearly basis but is worth it if the data really needs to be recoverable in any circumstances.

There are a few methods that can be done to backup your data.  One of the most simplest methods but not always the best is Windows Backup if you use a Windows PC.  This method can be done manually or set to a schedule on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.  What this does is create a file that is then put onto a separate hard drive or sent to a cloud service so if needed to be recovered you would just use Windows recovery program to access the data.  This method is not always the best due to the fact that it creates a file instead of a folder structure like you have on your computer and can be corrupted easily if saved too many times so not very reliable.  The other method would be to install third party software such as what Norton or Dropbox provide which will automatically sync changes from one to the other.  Dropbox works fairly well because not only does it save it in the cloud but it also has a local copy so you can access the data even if you aren’t connected to the web.  You can also use other methods of just storing all of your data on an external hard drive or online service, separating it completely from your OS hard drive which is susceptible to crashing.

If you are looking for the best way to perform a regular backup please contact me and I can get you started in the right direction.  It all depends on what you are trying to backup, how important the data is to you and how much data is there now and possibly in the future how much will it grow?  If you can answer those few questions I should be able to assist in creating the best backup type as well as method that works for your individual situation.

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System Clean Ups

Every PC out there gets constant bombardments from different sources that can overtime decrease the performance of the computer.  Whether you use your computer for web surfing or computer gaming or even just word processing, every computer will start to slow down and make you want to pull your hair out.  But these steps below will make things less stressful and possibly save you from having to work extra hours just to keep up with the work load.

  1. Always try to keep your computer up-to-date with the latest patches and software updates.  This will make sure to fix any bugs with Windows or other third party software that might be causing you the issues in the first place.
  2. Clear out your Temporary Internet files at least once a month if not more.  This cuts down on the amount of data the computer has to sort through to get to what it needs to.
  3. Perform a computer defrag if the computer is Windows XP, Windows Vista and above does it automatically in a scheduled task.  You can also setup a scheduled task on Windows XP to get rid of having to think about it.

Following just those three easy steps will make it much easier for you to work and keep up with the ever increasing amount of changes and data that is in our lives.  Of course this is just the tip of the ice berg, there are many other optimization methods that can be done to help you out.