By T De Silva // 28 March 2012 // Related Categories: Tips

AVOID THE DISASTER OF LOSING YOUR DATA – BACKUP!

It’s not a question of “if” you are ever going to need to recover lost data, but “when”. Here are six expert tips from leading software company Symantec for backing up your files and programs:

    1. Make sure you know where your data resides –Map out which computers hold your information and what data is being stored. Once you know where the critical and confidential data resides then you know what systems need to be secured and backed up.
    2. Keep duplicates of data AND applications –Backing up only your work files may not be enough. It will take a long time to recover from a disaster if you forget to back-up your programs as well. Program files are often stored in a different place to your work files, so make you fully understand what needs to be backed up so you can be back up and running quickly.

 

  • Online or onsite –Depending on you practice you may want to keep your information on drives within your practice or it may make sense to save all your data offsite (e.g. “in the cloud”) so you don’t have worry if the office burns down. Maybe a combination of both is best depending on your budget and the size of your practice.
  • Be sure to test –Don’t wait until you lose all your data to find out your backups don’t work! Regularly review your backups to make sure the latest data is being captured. If you want to be thorough then designate a “test computer”, then reset it to factory settings and see if your recovery system will restore it back to the latest version.
  • Get advice –Don’t wait until you lose all your data to find out your backups don’t work! Regularly review your backups to make sure the latest data is being captured. If you want to be thorough then designate a “test computer”, then reset it to factory settings and see if your recovery system will restore it back to the latest version.

 

 

 

Acknowledgements:

  • 10 Tips to Achieve Backup and Recovery Success, Raymond Ray, Smallbiztechnology.com, 2011
  • Symantec 2010 Disaster Recovery Study, Symantec, November 2010

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