Many computer users are aware that data backup is an essential part of computer management, but especially in offices, they sometimes go about the process of data backup in very roundabout, inefficient or unsafe ways. Here’s a look at four ways to back up data that don’t work very well, and may even endanger your saved files.
1. Zip Disks – Iomega introduced the Zip disk as a form of high density storage in the 90’s and early 2000’s, but the little disks are still in use in many office environments. Their popularity may be attributed to the fact that quite a few offices bought Zip drives to use for data backup in that period, and they’re hesitant to switch to a new system. The problem is that the infamous Click of Death problem that some Zip disks have not only breaks the disks in question (and any files on the disks), but sometimes the actual Zip drives themselves, and the broken drives then pass the problem off to subsequent Zip disks. This can create a huge issue if someone thinks that a disk is broken, tries to read it, then tries to read another Zip disk to see if the problem is the drive or the disk. They’re simply not that reliable, and too small for many modern data backup needs.
2. Folders On The Same Physical Hard Drive – Many people are confused as to what “backup” means, and think that they’re safe if they simply make copies of key folders. If those copies are on the same physical hard drive, though, this only protects your data from accidental deletion or corruption. It doesn’t do anything in the event of a hard drive failure, which is the largest cause of data loss by far. Folders and files need to be backed up onto another medium for the data to really be considered “backed up.”
3. CD-Rs / DVD-Rs – One of the first forms of backup that many computer users consider is a DVD-R or CD-R, or rewritable blank discs, but while these can be helpful, they’ve got a few key issues that make them a bad choice for a data backup method. First of all, they degrade and eventually stop working, so they’re unsuitable for long-term data storage and backup. Secondly, they take time to burn and store, so many computer users simply stop using them after backing up a few times.
4. Any Non-Automatic Backup – These days, it’s pretty silly not to use some form of backup software rather than trusting yourself to remember to back up data. Backup software that automatically backs up key files to remote servers or external hard drives is very inexpensive or in some cases free, so it’s wise to avoid any form of backup that user error could make useless.
Do you know of any other bad data backup methods? Post in our comments section below.