Essential Tools for Data BackupBy
My PC desktop system is giving me fits and I have a feeling it is trying to retire itself, so it is very timely that today’s Essential Tools feature is all about Data Backup. Jimson Lee of SpeedEndurance.com noticed that the topic of data backup had not really been addressed in any of my previous Essential Tools posts and volunteered to pull together some of his favorite resources for us.
In over 20 years of computing, Jimson is proud to say that he has never lost any data. Having the following invaluable tools, plus self discipline to do backups really helps. Like building a kitchen cabinet, you have to have the right tools at the right time.
Scenario #1: You accidentally overwrote a file, or a file got corrupted
What to do: Luckily, you have a backup using the Windows Backup utility (included free in Windows XP under All Programsâ€¦ Accessoriesâ€¦ System Tools… Backup). It is best to do one FULL backup anywhere from once a week to once a month, and do incremental or differential backups DAILY! Windows Backup supports backing to a network drive or USB hard drives which are very inexpensive these days. (Char’s input – I rely on my Iomega external External Hard Drive for backups)
Scenario #2: You have a Boot Sector virus and your pre-installed anti-virus software on your hard drive won’t do you any good!
What to do: Use a BartPE bootable CD with latest anti-virus software installed. Another variation of BartPE is the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows. The latest version supports a booting off your USB Flashdrive instead of burning CD-Rs. BartPE is a Preinstalled Environment (PE) bootable Windows CD or DVD from the original Windows XP with a graphical user interface (GUI), not a command line DOS Boot diskette!
Scenario #3: Your PC is “dead”. It powers on, but the hard drive won’t boot.
What to do: Boot your PC with a BartPE CD with network support, and copy or salvage files to network drive, or external USB HD. This is for Microsoft Windows users. For Linux users, you can use Knoppix bootable CD to do the trick.
Scenario #4: You bought a new laptop and want to convert your old PC to it, both data and applications.
What to do: Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation with Acronis Universal Restore. (The latter restores to different hardware) Prevents from having to reinstall all the critical apps over again. This is very handy if you don’t have (**cough cough**) your original CD and license keys handy.
Scenario #5: Your self hosted WordPress “disappears”, or some posts are corrupted or missing.
What to do: Do a WordPress Export after every post! Login to your Admin console, go to Manageâ€¦ Export.. And save your file.
So, what are you waiting for, the “blue screen of death”? Get your stuff backed up now! I would love to hear your data backup stories – any near misses with losing your data, how you recovered, etc. And, of course, what are your essential tools for keeping your files safe?