The word data is the plural of the Latin word datum meaning something given. It is often thought that software is data. However software is run by the computer to process data. Data can be anything in your computer. Text, images, audio, and video. Everything the computer reads and writes is data with the exception of instructions in a program. The program is software.
You can store your computer\’s data using the internet. In the past this method was mostly used by big business, but now is available to anyone. A forerunner in this business is Remote Backup Systems of Tennessee. If you have a good internet connection the process can be quick and is usually done at night when the internet is less busy. For many large companies a loss of data can mean the end of their business, however using a back up system can save your files and prevent this from happening. Windows is a very popular operating system maintaining about 95% of the operating system market.
For Windows 2000 users there is Windows 2000 Backup. Although not as popular as many other back up systems there are quite a few machines still running this system. CD backup is an option and certainly is better than none however CD\’s are in danger of being scratched or damaged. Another problem is your information is just copied to the CD in the form it was on the computer and anyone who comes into contact with these CD\’s can access them the same way you do. They are not encrypted therefore they are vulnerable.
Another way to store your computer\’s data is to copy everything to another hard drive. This is known as disk cloning. There are several small to medium sized businesses that use this method. Hard disk cloning has advantages as you can just use the cloned disk to boot the computer just as if it was the original.
Whatever type of data storage software you decide to use to protect your computer files, keep one thing in mind. If you use CD\’s or DVD\’s or hard disks, check your backups to make sure they are done properly. If you don\’t run it and make sure everything you need was copied correctly when the time comes that you need it the information may not be there and by then it is too late to rerun backups.