We don’t have to think too hard about it, as we all know how crucial it is to protect the information we have on our computers. Regardless of the information being stored on your computer, you want to make sure it stays safe. Though we’re all worried about our information being hacked and accessed by unauthorized people, there’s also another issue that is forgotten: what happens is your hard disk fails? The hard disk is where a majority of our information is held, you may also know it as the “C drive”. If your hard disk fails, obtaining your information become an entirely new problem. That’s why you need to use a variety of methods to protect the information on your computer.
Backup your file regularly
We cannot stress this enough and this is a major reason why people struggle with obtaining their files once their hard disks fail. Perhaps your computer decided to give up or you managed to snag yourself a virus. With the latter, you will probably have to wipe your computer clean and reinstall all of your programs. Now, Mac computers may be able to restore your files, however, if you’re using a PC, you won’t be able to. This is why you need to take the extra step and backup your files on a regular basis.
Have an external hard drive
If you want to keep a copy of your documents off of your computer, you can get yourself an external hard drive. This hard drive backups your files externally, so, in case your computer stops working, you have a copy stored outside of your computer. These hard drives are connected to your computer via cable and are accessible through wifi. So, you can connect it to any computer and access your files. It’s a great option if you’re going to be travelling or working from home and the office.
Try RAID (redundant array of independent disks)
No, this is not insect repellent. RAID, stands for the redundant array of independent disks which is another way of storing your data in places on multiple hard disks, thus, protecting your data in case you experience disk failure. You’re able to use RAIDs in different ways, for example R-Studios which work off of the concept of virtual volumes sets. When using RAID you can store information from hard drives, logical disks, images, and other software.
Store your information in a cloud
Aside from having your information kept on an external hard drive, you can also keep your information stored on a cloud service. They use the RAID method in order to keep your information safe, meaning they have 3 copies of your data stored in different places. Of course, anything that’s kept online is vulnerable to viruses and hacking, however, cloud services do an exceptional job of keeping your information private and safe. Some cloud services also provide accidental deletes and overwrite assistance. Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all offer cloud services and those are just a couple examples.