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Importance of Data Back Up
Added by Michael Cummins of Computer Assistant
Tuesday, April 6, 2010


How vital is the data on your system?

How important is your data. This importance determines whether or not it needs to be backed up. As well as when and how it should be backed up. Have redundant backup sets that extend back for several backup periods, if your data is critical. For other less important data, you don't need elaborate back up plan. By having your data backed up regularly, you can retrive it back at later point of time.

What's the frequency of your change in data?
How often does your data need a back up. This determines the frequency of the backup. For instance, data that changes daily should be backed up daily.

What kind of information does the data comprise of?
Data that doesn’t seem important to you may be very important to someone else. Thus, the type of information the data contains can help you determine if you need to back up the data-as well as when and how the data should be backed up.

How quickly should your data be recovered?
Get back your critical online data swiftly. Alter your back up plan based on the importance of your data. Time is an important factor in creating a backup plan. Strengthen your data recovery with the help of data backup and recovery solutions.

Do you need to store backups off-site? 
In case of a natural calamity, storing copies of backup tapes off-site is imperative in order to recover your systems. Also, do not forget to include copies of the software, in your off-site storage location, as you may need to install to re-establish operational systems.

Do you have any equipment to perform backups? 
You need to have back up hardware to perform all backups. You may need several backup devices and several sets of backup media in order to perform timely back up. Backup hardware includes tape drives, optical drives, and removable disk drives. Generally, tape drives are less expensive but slower than other types of drives. Seek help from data backup and recovery solutions.

Which is your best time to schedule backups? 
If you want to speed up your back up process, fix up your back up schedules when your system use is as low as possible. At times it becomes inevitable, and you would want to store your data during peak hours too. So have to plan your back up carefully in case of a key system data.



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