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Home Computer Backup Strategies


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Home Computer Backup Strategies



Table of Contents
Home Computer Backup Strategies .............................................................................................................. 1
Data Backup Best Practices ....................................................................................................................... 1
Organizing Your Data ................................................................................................................................ 1
Hard Drive Crash Scenarios ....................................................................................................................... 2
Best Case Scenario ................................................................................................................................ 2
Worst Case Scenario ............................................................................................................................. 2
Typical Scenario .................................................................................................................................... 3
Finding the Right Backup Strategy for You ............................................................................................... 3
Backups Using File Synchronization Software ...................................................................................... 3
Online Backup Solutions ....................................................................................................................... 4
Backup Software ................................................................................................................................... 5
Offsite Data Backup .............................................................................................................................. 8
Recommended Backup Strategy ............................................................................................................... 9
Choose Your Backup Software .............................................................................................................. 9
Choose Your Backup Schedule ............................................................................................................ 10
Where to Go From Here ......................................................................................................................... 10
Other Resources .................................................................................................................................. 10
Frequently Asked Questions ................................................................................................................... 10




Home Computer Backup Strategies
Data Backup Best Practices
Best practices for backing up your computer data involve doing as much as you can reasonably afford to
minimize the amount of time and data you lose if your computer hard drive crashes, is stolen or
destroyed. If your personal computer or hard drive needs to be replaced, the data important to you wil
need to be restored.
There are a number of different ways this can be
accomplished depending on the amount of data you can
afford to lose. Fortunately, for home personal computers
there are many different backup solutions which cost very
little money or are even free.
The first step is for you to take inventory of your
computer(s) data. Also, how long could you be without
the data? If it's personal financial software data or even
small business financial data you probably could not be without it for more than a day or two. If digital
photos are lost, you could possibly wait longer for them to be restored as long as they are not
permanently destroyed and lost.
Organizing Your Data
If your PC runs the Windows 7 operating system the easiest way
to organize your data is to make use of the built-in libraries
feature. More details on this can be found at: What are Windows
7 Libraries?
The reason for using the Windows 7 libraries is that many
different backup software products are developed to recognize
these libraries for defining backup jobs. Using this folder
structure makes it easier for you to ensure that all of your
important data is properly backed up. If you create different
folders in a lot of different locations on your hard drive it's likely
you will forget where they are located and wil be missed by your
backup procedures.
Knowing where your data is located gives you flexibility with
creating a backup strategy. Offsite data storage typically has a price tag. If you can locate your most
important data only, then you can limit the amount of money you need to pay for online storage
services.

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Best Case Scenario
You have purchased an external hard drive with software that backs up your computers' entire hard disk
at 1:00 am every day. One morning, your backup finishes and before you have a chance to use the
computer that hard drive crashes. You run off to your local electronics store, purchase a replacement
hard drive and install it. You restore your system backup from earlier that day and everything works the
same.
Life is good!
Worst Case Scenario
You have purchased an external hard drive with software that backs up your computers' entire hard disk
at 1:00 am every day. Someone in the house visits sites they should not be on, and as a result you have
constant problems with malware being installed on your computer. Your computer periodical y locks up
and you have to turn it off and back on in order to get it working again. As a result, you're prompted to
run the "check disk" utility program to fix bad files.
Unknown to you at some point your hard drive began failing while having problems with the malware.
You look for and find your computer manufacture's diagnostics programs and run the one for checking
the hard drive - sure enough, the hard drive has an error code. You run off to your local electronics
store, purchase a replacement hard drive and install it. You restore your system backup from earlier that
day.
Unfortunately, this time after restoring everything, it does not work the same as before. Your browser
stil hangs. You try Windows Update and that even has problems running. You start searching the
Internet for help and find various others with similar problems, with no one solution. After wasting
much time searching you come to the conclusion that some of your operating system files have been
corrupted as a result of all the problems you had leading up to the hard drive replacement.
Your system backup software only keeps the last two complete backups. Your problems started
happening a few weeks ago, so you do not have an older backup to restore from.
Your only solution is to reinstall the older version of Windows which came with your computer (if you
have a copy), then upgrade again to the latest version of Windows. This gives you a clean operating
system.
Next, you then have to find al of your other software which you've installed and reinstall it. Then finally,
you need to pul your important data off from your most recent backup. You may need to restore it to a
different PC and then manually copy your missing data over using your flash drive.
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Finding the Right Backup Strategy for You
Computer hard drives have increased in capacity considerably over the past few years. Hard drives can
be 1 terabyte to as much as 3 terabytes in size. A recent stop at Best Buy for a friend's computer
revealed the smallest internal hard drive available, 1 terabyte, for a desktop computer.
There is also good probability your computer has more than one hard drive, increasing the total amount
of storage needing backup. Backing this much data up on a daily schedule requires time and additional
storage for the backups.
Backing up 1 terabyte of data offsite to an online backup company for most people would use up four
months of their internet broadband limits, assuming typical limits of 250 GB per month.
As a result, the best strategy for computer backups is a combination of the solutions available.
1. Folder and file synchronization
2. Online Backup Services
3. Backup Software
4. Offsite Data Backup in the Cloud
Backups Using File Synchronization Software
File synchronization is an effective backup strategy for some of your most import data which is used
more frequently. This is simply because there is more than one copy of the data.
The key to making file synchronization work for you when keeping multiple copies of data in different
locations is to make sure you DO NOT modify the same data in two different places. There is no
synchronization software available to merge a changed document from two locations into one
combined. You have to change the data in either location A or location B, but not both at the same time.
There are primarily two scenarios for synchronization of
your files:
1. Two-Way Synchronization
I do a lot of project related work on my home
office desktop computer. I organize the various
documents including PDF's, Word, Excel, MP4's
and website documents such as HTML and PHP
files in a folder structure for each project.
In order to better control the synchronization
process, I created a "Sync Folders" folder under
"My Documents". My active project folder

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When I finish working for the night, I synchronize everything in the "Sync Folders" with a
corresponding "Sync Folders" on an 8 gigabyte USB flash drive. The USB drive I take with me to
use with my laptop. USB drives are fast enough now that I don't even bother synchronizing to
the laptop itself, but that would be an option for a third location of the data. While using the
laptop I simply work with the data from the USB drive itself.
When I get back home, I plug in the USB flash drive to my desktop computer and synchronize
the changes back.
At all times I have at least two copies of my most important data, which are readily available.
2. One-Way Synchronization
One way synchronization is a simpler option and is typical y used for backup purposes only. The
destination can be on the same hard drive, or most likely a different hard drive, different
computer or even cloud storage services.
One of the decisions to make when setting up one way synchronization is whether or not to
propagate deletions. For example, you delete a file - should that file deletion be synchronized to
the backup destination so that it is deleted there also? Or do you want to keep all your files in
the backup destination?
If you do not propagate deletions, then restoring becomes more difficult as you need to
remember which files to delete again.
Online Backup Solutions
Online backup services typical y work by having you download their client software on to your
computer. This software then scans your computer's hard drive for certain types of files - documents,
pictures, etc. It then backs these up by uploading them via your internet broadband connection to their
storage systems. Their client software also provides a way for you to browse your backup files on their
datacenter storage and recover one or more by downloading the files back to your computer.
The Pros of Online Backup Services
1. Online backup services are attractive because they do not require you to add any additional
hardware to your computer for backup. You simply need to subscribe to their monthly, recurring
membership fee or pay on an annual basis.
2. Online backup services also solve the problem of having a copy of your data in a separate
location. In the event your computer equipment is stolen, or destroyed for whatever reason
your data is in another location, most likely unaffected. You can simply replace your computer
and then download your important data files from the backup service provider.
The Cons of Online Backup Services
Most al of the cons have to do with the amount of data which can be backed up.
1. Make sure you know exactly which data is being backed up. Some of these services wil backup
based on file types. This could include common types for word processing documents and

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2. The online backup service providers have limits in the amount of storage they can provide based
on the fee they are charging you. Usually you can get more storage by paying more, but this can
get expensive.
3. As mentioned earlier, most homes have limits in the amount of internet bandwidth they can use
in a month's time. For example, some cable companies limit your bandwidth to 250 gigabytes
per month. If just one of your computers has 1 terabyte of data to backup, you're going to need
four months of your broadband service to upload this much data.
4. Your home broadband data connection has speed limits. Even without the capacity limits
already mentioned there is a limit to how fast this data can be uploaded. Without capacity
limits, it might take a couple of weeks for your 1 terabyte of data to upload. During that time,
your backup is not complete. Your internet connection could be reset, but what happens to the
backup when it reconnects? Did any files get missed in the process?
Likewise, if you need to recover your 1 terabyte of data it could take a while. Typically,
download speeds are faster but not fast enough.
5. Online backup services do not typically backup your operating system files, mostly for the above
reason already mentioned. Generally, if your hard drive crashes you are responsible for
reloading your operating system and any and all programs which you may have installed. The
backup service then al ows you to recover your important data files.
Online Backup Services Summary
Online backup solutions can have a big part in your overall backup strategy. Yet, they should not be your
only method of backing up your computers.
Backup Software
Introduction
When it comes to the most complete backup of your computer, you need to perform a system, or image
backup of your hard drive. This will require backup software to be instal ed on your computer.
Another valuable function of backup software is with providing incremental and differential backups.
Both of these are based on the software first performing a complete system backup of your hard drive.
Using this ful backup, you then have the choice of:
* Doing an incremental backup going forward. Only changes made on your hard drive since the
last full backup are saved. Each additional incremental backup operation is based on changes
since the last incremental backup, plus your last full backup. The result can be a significant
savings in the amount of disk space required for your backup files.
However, if you need to restore your system data, you wil need the ful backup plus each of the
individual incremental backup files up to the day you want to restore. If any of the incremental

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* Doing a differential backup going forward. The difference with differential backup is that
instead of backing up changes since the last incremental backup a differential backup will always
include all of the changes since the last ful system backup. As a result, each differential backup
file will grow in size. Since most people don't change a lot of data, even with growing differential
backup file sizes, you will still have significant savings in backup.
The differential backup scheme also provides a quicker restore and recovery, and does not
require all of the backup files since the last full system backup. As a result, there is less chance of
the complete backup being corrupted.
Generally, the full backup would be done once a week with an incremental or differential backup
performed daily. It's general y best to keep multiple versions of these "backup chains" so that you
always have the option to go back further for recovery.

Complete image system backups should be retained fol owing major system upgrades, in case you need
to revert back to a previous full backup due to corruption of any current ones.
The tricky part with finding the right backup software is in understanding the difference between file
backups and system image backups. Some software vendors say they can do incremental and
differential backups based on a full backup of your hard drive. What they mean is that a full backup is a
file-based backup and not image based. Sometimes you need to read their user manual in order to
completely understand what they offer.
Finally, what is image based backup software and why is it better for me? J.D Biersdorfer from the New
York Times did a great job of explaining the differences in an article for the Personal Tech column
entitled "Backing Up is Not So Hard".

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based backup software, on the other hand, makes a snapshot or "disk image" of the computer's
entire hard drive and everything on it, including programs, settings and the operating system. An
image-based backup can come in handy if, say, the computer's hard drive completely dies,
because the backup can be copied into a new hard drive, fully restoring the contents."
Popular Backup Software
All of the backup software vendors offer free trials. Online reviews can convince you to buy any of them,
but you need to take advantage of the trial downloads and use them yourself.
Technically, to be completely confident your backup software will do the job at a time when it's needed
most, you should do a complete restore of your system from a backup - however, most people wil not
do this. At some point though, they wil need to restore a backup and it's at that point where the
importance of good backups become vital.
* Windows Backup
It comes free with Windows 7. Its options are limited in what you can do with it, but if you
simply need a ful backup of your computer hard drive it can do the job for you.
However, there are issues with Windows Backup being able to recognize some of the newer
external hard drives that exceed 1.5 to 3 terabytes in size. It has to do with the way the drives
are formatted so that they are compatible with Windows XP. Windows 7 needs the drives in a
different format.
This exact scenario happened with me after purchasing a Seagate 3 terabyte external hard drive
from Costco to test different backups with. It didn't spend the time to get Windows Backup to
recognize it.
* EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation - Trial Download
I tried this software and it worked fine. The user interface for managing backup jobs was a little
different at first, but I figured it out. I like how they logged all of your backup activities.
* Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite
I initially downloaded the trial for their complete hard disk manager suite. It had a lot of
features, but was too much for what I needed. I almost purchased anyway, as the price
difference was not much. However, a couple of backup features I wanted were only available in
the pro version of this suite, which was substantially more money. I went with their more
focused Backup & Recovery software instead, which had those additional features that I
needed.
* Paragon Backup & Recovery Home
The following quote from their website caught my attention which caused me to download the
trial and investigate further:

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Document Outline

  • Home Computer Backup Strategies
    • Data Backup Best Practices
    • Organizing Your Data
    • Hard Drive Crash Scenarios
      • Best Case Scenario
      • Worst Case Scenario
      • Typical Scenario
    • Finding the Right Backup Strategy for You
      • Backups Using File Synchronization Software
      • Online Backup Solutions
        • The Pros of Online Backup Services
        • The Cons of Online Backup Services
        • Online Backup Services Summary
      • Backup Software
        • Introduction
        • Popular Backup Software
      • Offsite Data Backup
    • Recommended Backup Strategy
      • Choose Your Backup Software
      • Choose Your Backup Schedule
    • Where to Go From Here
      • Other Resources
    • Frequently Asked Questions

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