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Why You Need Multiple File Versions & Automated Backups

Cliff Boodoosingh on June 15, 2009
 
Here’s an interesting metaphor to think about.

We all know that we should be going to the gym. We make New Year’s resolutions promising to go every day. But this resolve and enthusiasm quickly dissipates and we fall into our old habits, even before the end of January. Our backup habits are often very similar to this.

When you first buy a new machine, you’ll make regular backups every day for the first month or so. But as time goes on, you’ll fall out of the habit and end up backing up files only once every 3 months or so. (Usually when your machine starts acting funny) Of course, doing this places us at a high risk of losing important files in case of a hard drive crash or computer virus. But a total wipe-out scenario is fairly uncommon, and may only happen to you once every 4 or 5 years.

 In reality, there are much more common forms of data loss that you should be concerned about:
• Corrupted files
• Accidentally deleting a file
• Saving over an important file
• Making undesired changes to a file, then saving

How many of these have happened to you recently? These common situations can be annoying, costly and time-consuming.
Even if you’re disciplined enough to transfer your files to a backup drive on a regular daily schedule, you still won’t be protected from these data loss threats.

Instead, consider implementing a fully-automated backup solution that will do all of the hard work for you. You just set it and forget it. It works in the background, continuously backing up your data and ensuring that you’ll never fall out of the habit.

But the real genius behind a high-quality online backup system is that many of them will allow you to create multiple versions of your files. This way, you can recover from most of these minor and annoying data loss incidents by going back in time and retrieving your files from before they got changed, destroyed, or corrupted.

When shopping around for a backup system, make sure you pick one that’s fully automated and allows you to save multiple file versions.

About The Author:
Storagepipe Solutions is a leading provider of  email archiving and online backup systems for protection from all of the most common disaster recovery situations.

 

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