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Data and Storage: The Importance of Backing Up Files

October 10, 2012

Data and Storage RecoveryThere is no denying that today’s world has fully embraced the digital age, and that countless data and storage files are primarily kept in computers. However, in the event that a computer crashes or malfunctions, the possibility of the data being wiped out and never recovered again poses a huge threat in data preservation and storage.

This is an even bigger potential problem for companies with numerous sizeable files that are essential to everyday operations. One simple accident can mean files being deleted and becoming irretrievable. What if this was an entire year’s worth of data? This is why computer backup storage for all electronic files is not only desirable, but an essential component of the everyday computing processes, to ensure that the stored data for companies and individuals is safe and secure.

Potential Computer Crashes and Data and Storage

Organizations (or people) that do not schedule the appropriate backup of files, for whatever reason, including because they ‘haven’t got the time’ are definitely courting disaster.

There is also often a bit of the “it can’t happen to me” mentality, which under the circumstances is an unfortunate way of thinking. In an age of advancing viruses, spyware and other sophisticated hacking methods, at any time any and all corporation (and personal computer systems) are at risk of losing all data or finding their files have been completely corrupted.

Data and Storage Computer BackupIn addition, viruses and spyware are not the only ways by which one can lose computer files. Over time, a computer’s electronic circuits and other components naturally experience wear and tear due to frequent or even constant usage. In industrial settings, this problem can be compounded by extreme conditions. Instead of panicking AFTER the files are lost, it only makes good sense to have the option of restoring data through the use of reliable backup software or hardware.

Several Ways to Backup Computer Data

The good thing about computer backup is that it is not difficult. There are several ways for computer memory to be backed up, from the more traditional computer hard drives and devices to industrial compact flash devices for speed and harsh environments.

Data and Storage Computer RecoveryThere are several different methods of doing so, starting with the simple DVD and tape backups, to the various RAIDs from RAID 1 to RAID 5 and beyond. Of these, one of the most simple and popular is RAID 1 wherein you have a mirrored pair of hard disks. If you want slightly better performance, you can opt for RAID 10, which is similar to RAID 1, only there is data striping involved.
 

With multiple options for secure management of computer data and storage, there is no excuse not to perform this all-important task. There are a myriad of external hard drives for storing any size of files as backup.

The industrial compact flash is ideal for storing big files in offices and other commercial settings. Another advantage of using an industrial compact flash is that it has been developed to function well despite severe conditions, including high impact, high operating temperature, and continuous vibration. Durability is a key factor, as its quality will not suffer despite the number of rereads or rewrites done.

New Era Electronics Brian LuckmanBrian Luckman is the President of New Era Electronics. He has worked in the industrial OEM market for over 25 years, serving a variety of different industries, gaining a strong reputation for his expertise and a thorough understanding of how to properly service OEM customers. In 2000 he began New Era Electronics and the company continues to grow. He’s a husband and father and enjoys exploring the outdoors.
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