Lets start by asking a question. What would you do right now if your computer suddenly crashed while you were reading this post? Would you PANIC and come to tears, or would you not worry because you know you have a current backup? If you said, PANIC, then you need to take steps right away to start a consistent and reliable back strategy.
I recommend having at least one back up of your data, that is updated at least once a week. However, for the best protection you should be running two or more backups, every day. One local backup, and one backup off site. A local backup could be anything from a writable CD to an external hard drive. An offsite backup could be anything that is stored in a completely different location, preferably at least a few miles away. A few examples would be an online backup service, or an external hard drive that you keep at a family members house.
The backup strategy I setup for my clients consists of a daily backup that is saved to an external hard drive or network storage device. This backup makes a complete copy of the entire computer. This type of backup allows you to recover singles files, or restore the entire computer. This backup also keeps at least two weeks of history so you can go back in time at least two weeks. The second back is an online backup that backs up all of the personal files on the computer every day, and keeps 30 days of history. This backup is useful if for some reason you can’t backup from your local backup. This would be considered your disaster recovery backup. This type of backup is also know as a 3-2-1 backup.
Even if you are using a cloud storage service such as Dropbox or OneDrive, for your personal data, you should also make backups. I have seen data lost, even though a cloud service was being used. Also keep in mind that SSD drives are less likely to fail than a standard hard drive. However, when SSDs crash, it is usually more difficult to recover data than it is from a standard hard drive.
So the moral of the story? Save yourself time, money, and heartache and start a backup strategy right now. If you need help setting up a backup, please contact us and we can help you out.