Care must be taken in the choice of backup drive. This is where the data is copied. Obviously, you don't want to make a backup copy, which is in a less secure place, than the working copy of the data.
Always backup your most important data to something like a CD-ROM.
A few rules that should be considered :-
- If you can avoid it, it is not recommended that you copy data to the same physical drive on your computer. The reason is that if you have a hard drive failure and lose all of the data on the disc, then you'll lose your backups as well.
- The best place to store data is on a properly managed server, or failing that another computer in your network.
- If you have just two computers in your network, then the ideal method is to store the backups from one machine on the other and vice-versa.
If you have a stand-alone computer then a good idea with a desktop, is to install a second hard drive. This is not as difficult as it sounds and you can find lots of tutorials on how to do it with Google.
Hard drives can now be bought for under fifty pounds.
If on the other hand, you are too daunted by the thought of taking your computer to bits, there are even hard drives that plug into your USB port for around a hundred pounds. A typical one holds about 80 to 120 Gb of data.
Look at a site like dabs.com, which has lots of hard drives at good prices.
- There are also discs, that you can attach to a network, so that they can be used by everyone.
- As the disc is being used for backup purposes, buy one with a good reputation. And of course comprehensive installation instructions.
- Adding a new hard disc, is often the best way of upgrading an older machine that does everything you want, but lacks disc space. And remember that when you do change your computer, you just move the second hard disc to the new computer.