Yes, it is fun driving a motor bike without a helmet but as we all know when things go wrong it will really hurt but would you agree if I say most of us actually do the same in our daily lives? You may say NO, I don’t do that… let me try to prove it.Working with our computer and having no backup strategy in place is the same as driving fast without a helmet. When things go wrong it really hurts and while most of us still give luck a chance some of us are not that lucky and for those it is very painful when the hard disk starts to make strange noises.With storage being cheap as chips there is no reason to be worried about the cost and here are few tips that can help you decide what type of backup you need and what options are available.
Free File Backup

Most of us would have heard of Dropbox, it offers 2GB free storage but why limit yourself to 2GB? Take advantage of Google and Microsoft’s 15 GB free storage offer with One Drive andGoogle Drive The best way to utilise this space is to make a habit of saving your files in these folders instead of your local My Document folder. With this approach you will not only have a copy of your files when your hard disk dies but you can also access these files from any device or even online via your browser.

Image Backup

With file backup one of the disadvantages is that you can only backup your files not the programs you have installed on your computer. When switching to a new computer it takes long time to install all the software that was previously installed on your computer and the biggest pain is to keep track of all the product keys and activation that needs to be redone. To avoid all these hassles and glide through the switching phase one should look at using the image backup technique which takes a backup of everything on your hard disk including operating system and all the programs.Some of the popular software recommended by Lee Sanders from Computer Consultant Professionals are Macrium Reflect, Runtime DriveImage and Paragon Backup. He recommends using this backup technique for peace of mind.

Network Backup

The image backup produces large files which need to be stored somewhere. If you are a home based business then an external USB drive with 500 GB or more space is recommended. However if you are a small business then it is recommended to install a NAS (network attached storage). Some of the popular brands are Synology, Western Digital and Seagate.

Online Backup

Another option is to use an online service like CrashPlan or Carbonite . These are two online backup services that take all your files including complete hard disk image (if you choose to) and store on local storage (USB drive or NAS) and in the Cloud. There is an annual subscription fee involved for these services.


I have heard somebody saying act while you can because when things start to go pear shaped it is already too late.

YZM Technologies
 is a Perth based Software Company specialising in building custom software, databases and mobile apps and helping small businesses achieve better results by optimising business processes.