The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy – SuperDuper! & CrashPlan+ Cloud Backup

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Positive Projections recently received a question from Reno Dune regarding backing up the data on a new computer in case problems are encountered or if the computer crashes. The popular and widely advertised online backup system, Carbonite, is one Reno is considering using.

The concern for lost data is a common fear for computer users. Being knowledgeable about backup strategies can help protect against losing valuable information.

3-2-1 Backup Strategy

The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy

The most thorough strategy to have in place to protect your data is to keep three copies:

  1. The first copy is your original (your computer or whatever you use as your main disk).
  2. The second copy is your local backup.
  3. The third is the remote or cloud backup.

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Having a local backup ensures you have an exact copy to use in case your original or main disk fails. An example of a local backup for a Mac is SuperDuper!, a recovery program that allows for rebootable backup.

The third back up—the remote or cloud backup—is just as essential. For example, what happens is your computer is stolen? You may have your local copy, but can still lose a significant amount of data. Remote or cloud backup allows you have access to your current data at any time from anywhere.

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Cloud Backup

Carbonite is a popular remote backup system that has many good reviews by users. One remote backup system Positive Projections is familiar with is CrashPlan. This systems offers users different types of backup plans best suited for their specific needs (individuals and families, small businesses, or larger corporations).

Depending on the speed of your internet, backup times using CrashPlan can vary. It’s an efficient system to rely on for recovering previous-version files, deleted files, or even recovering a non-corrupted version of a corrupted file on your main or local copy.

Having in place your 3-2-1 backup strategy can provide you with a valuable lifeline in case your main disk crashes, your local backup fails, or your computer has been stolen.

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