If you’re running a business online and generating income then it is safe to say that there is probably a lot of important data that you deal with on a constant basis. Any reports that you view or generate on your computer, articles that you’re in the midst of writing, or even financial information is all going to be crucial for your business.
The question is: What happens if you’re suddenly unable to access any of that data? Needless to say it will impact your internet marketing efforts, and may even cause them to grind to a halt until you’re able to deal with the problem. Rather than going through all that – if you were to backup any important data you could simply restore it in a fraction of the time.
- Identify and organize any important data
The first step you need to take is to identify all the important data and organize it. Keeping important data well-organized can be a big help in its own right, as it will reduce the risk that you may accidentally delete files simply because you forgot they were there.
- Create multiple backups
It helps to have multiple backups of your data (at least two) that are in different locations. To create the backup you need to simply copy the data over to a USB drive or external hard drive, or use cloud-based services such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Depending on the size of the data that you need to backup you can choose which option fits best.
- Test the backups
Once you’ve backed up the data, be sure to ‘test’ it by using it to restore the data on your computer. It is important that you test your backups so that you ensure they are in good working order and don’t end up high and dry when you need them.
- Save ‘versions’ of past backups
As time goes by and you continue backing up your data periodically, you should keep ‘versions’ of past data that have been tested. That way you always have a stable backup that you can use, even if the latest backup has some unforeseen issues.
If all else fails and you somehow do end up losing important data that is going to affect your internet marketing – don’t despair. Nowadays there are several data recovery options that you can pursue to help recover data from your hard drive if absolutely necessary, so you could try them out. Of course that can be time-consuming and may even require expert help, which is why it is better if you’re able to simply restore the files that you need from your backup rather than having to put yourself through it.