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Chapter 16. Backing Up Your Computer > Developing a Backup Strategy

Developing a Backup Strategy

With Backup, you can back up files from a local or network hard drive to a removable disk, a network drive, or a tape drive that is attached to your computer. Before you back up files, it is a good idea to develop a backup strategy. A backup strategy is a method for regularly backing up your work that balances tradeoffs between safety, time, and media space. For example, if safety were your only concern, you could back up your entire hard drive every hour. But you would not have any time to work, and you would spend a fortune on backup tapes. If spending minimal time and money on backups were your only concern, you might back up only a few crucial files once a month. The best choice is a balance between the two extremes. The backup medium that you use to store backed up files from a hard drive is usually a set of removable disks or a tape cartridge designed to store computer data. Removable disks and tape cartridges are large capacity backup media that require special hardware on your computer, such as a zip or tape drive. This extra expense may be worthwhile if you depend on your computer for business.

Because backups take time each time you perform them, you should back up only the files that change on a regular basis; back up all of the files on your computer at less frequent intervals. For example, because software program files don't change, you can easily reinstall them from their original program CDs or disks, so you do not need to back them up as often as your personal document files, which might change on a daily or weekly basis. Ask yourself how much work you can afford to lose. If you cannot afford to lose the work accomplished in one day, then you should back up once a day. If your work does not change much during the week, back up once a week.


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