WD declares April to be backup month: “Don’t be an April Fool and push the backup button!”
You have taken the time to store it on your desktop or laptop, everything that matters to you, from financial documents to sentimental photos and videos. However, you are just one virus, one spilled coffee, one stolen backpack away from losing it all. WD, a Western Digital company, urges consumers to put their own backup plans into place using five top tips to safeguard precious personal content for years to come.
“We urge consumers to backup all of their personal data that they store, regardless of platform. It’s more than just the purchase of a hard drive, we want to help consumers ensure that their content is being safeguarded with the help of automatic backup software like WD SmartWare and personal cloud products like the My Book Live range. We would like to send out this call to action as a stark reminder of the value of personal content, priceless and irreplaceable memories that we would hate to lose”, Anamika Budree, Branded sales manager, WD South Africa.
Unlike CDs, DVDs and even cloud-based backup options, external hard drives with an automated backup solution remain the most cost friendly, hassle free, reliable, quick and secure approach to backup.
What is your backup plan?
WD has put together their top five back up tips so consumers can put together their own backup plan:
1. Don’t wait until it is too late – get your hands on an external drive.
A backup means having no less than two copies of any data you deem valuable saved and external hard drives are a great way to backup files. They offer great value for money, are fast and offer larger storage capacities than USB sticks, CDs and DVDs.
2. Use back-up software and make it automatic. Set and forget!
It is best not to rely on manually backing up your data as you will forget or sometimes be unable to backup your data. It is also easy to make mistakes or omit something important when you are backing up manually. Use backup software like WD’s SmartWare to automate your backup process. An easy-to-use backup program creates a backup copy of your data reliably and automatically, keeps logs and notifies you if any problems occur.
3. Keep copies in different places: a backup of a backup of a backup…..
Make sure that you have at least two copies of your most important files. Several backups on different devices and in different locations, reduces your risk of complete data loss.
Remember that simply moving important files, i.e. maintaining only one copy of the data, from your computer to a hard drive is not backup but storage, so your files are still at risk of being lost should anything happen.
4. Get your own personal cloud
Rest assured that your data is safe at home, yet is also accessible when you are on the go with your own personal cloud storage system. With personal cloud storage options like the My Book Live range connected to your home network, you can safeguard content from your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet.
5. Test your backup plan!
Your backup software will log any problems it has encountered while saving your files, make sure it didn’t miss anything. It may just be that special photo or video that you can never re-take.
Our music, photos and videos can be digital representations of some of our fondest memories and this is why it is so crucial that everybody understands how to keep these files safe. Since the launch of our My Book and My Passport range of storage solutions, WD has been trying to make backing up data as easy as ‘child’s play’.