Data Backup

Of all the years I have been repairing computers, I am amazed at how many consumers and businesses that don't regularly backup their important data, or even back up their data at all. Backups can be done manually, automatically, on removable drives, a network drive, or even online.

Data Backup Methods

How you backup your data is a matter of preference and what works for you. But knowing what data is important, how sensitive it is, how much space it occupies, and how accessible you want your backups to be are all considerations. Below are some examples:

  • Data only backup
  • Data and Profile AppData backup
  • Drive image with OS and Data using programs such as Acronis, Ghost, EaseUS, and the built-in Windows Backup and Restore utility
  • Sensitive and Financial Data that needs the utmost protection from unauthorized access
  • Backup to File Server or Networked Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Backup to Flash Drive or Portable Hard Drive
  • Free and Paid Cloud Backup services such as Carbonite, LiveDrive, Mozy, Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox

Backups that "Cannot" Be Performed Remotely

Some Data Backup methods may not be feasible when initiated using a Remote Service, especially if you do not have the hardware to support it. But below are some of the usual reasons a Remote Service cannot be used for any computer need, even Data backup:

  • No Backup Media
  • Cannot open webpage in any browser
  • Hardware issues
  • Cannot Login to User Profile
  • System does not Boot to Windows Desktop in Normal or Safe Modes
  • Persistent BSODs
  • Windows is non-responsive

Hope for Unbootable Systems

If you have an unbootable system or a system that won't even power-on, it is still very possible that all your data is still residing safely on your drive. You just don't have a system that can access it. If you are savvy enough to pull your drive, you can connect it to another system and copy your data. Otherwise, you may need a qualified PC Technician to do it for you.