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Is Safe Your Backup? – PART I

Damage to the hard disk, operating errors, and viruses are always danger that threatens your files. The following will show you the various options CHIP ideal for protecting your data to be secure forever.

The importance of a file is usually only realized if the file is missing or damaged. Moreover, if the file is a document, photo, or music that is very important and only stored on a storage medium. If the backup file does not exist or has not been created, you can only surrender. Another case when you have backups of them. Quite a few clicks to restore it, you can regain access to those files. CHIP show, what needs to be considered at the backup data, media types which one is right for your needs, and how to provide a convenient automatic backup.

Currently, there are four types of backup media that are categorized as ideal in terms of data volume, speed, and age (endurance), among others, external hard disk, network disk (NAS), pieces of Blu-ray, and hard disk-based online services cloud. The main principle that you need to know the backup is a backup data is always a copy of the original file. In addition, more and more and complete backup methods used, and the more frequent backups done, the more secure your files too it.

For personal data, a backup on an external hard disk has been relatively safe. Another factor is the regularity of backups. How often do depend on how often there is a file (data), new or changes to the file. Generally, a weekly backup is sufficient for different types of files.

The method is safer and simpler media provided by the NAS (Network Attached Storage). After the initial configuration and connected to the network, you no longer need to mess around with manual backup routines. The pieces of Blu-ray and online hard disk where you can choose as a backup media supplement.

Whichever method is used, double-check for all vital folder already included in the backup. This includes any folders containing important files or personal. Include program data, such as Apple’s iTunes library files in the folder “My Music iTunes”. Data and Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird settings can be backed up with software MozBackup (CHIP-DVD).

Speed factor: External HD
The most popular media for backups is an external hard disk. 2.5-inch model is very flexible, while the 3.5-inch model is more suited for backups that require large capacity. The price is almost equal to the internal hard disk and the USB connection can be connected with various devices.

However, this universal interface also that until now the weakness of external hard disk. Because the USB 2.0 that is currently used very hamper the speed of your hard disk. Barriers is very annoying if you want to play large video files or want to make backups before installing the system and try a piece of software. As a solution, consider using a hard disk with USB 3.0 interface that can offset the speed of internal hard disk. You can use Buffalo Drive Station USB 3.0 (1 TB, about U.S. $ 120) which he wrote the speed can achieve 42.39 MB / sec (on a USB 2.0 port) or 109 MB / sec (USB 3.0). Another option is to use an eSATA external hard drive (about 85 MB / sec) is slightly slower than the Buffalo Drive Station USB 3.0.

PC with an empty PCIe slot can support a standard USB 3.0 using the upgrade IFC-PCI card Buffalo E2U3 (approximately U.S. $ 45). Notebook users can use a USB 3.0 controller (express card) extra, like Sharkoon USB 3.0 Express Card (about U.S. $ 30). Support for USB 3.0 standard on a massive scale in the PC / notebook only you can feel from the end of this year.

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