We all have a massive amount of photographs these days, not only the old physical ones we need to keep safe, but also all digital ones from our phones and cameras. You may be needing to scan physical ones or get all your digital ones in some order – but it’s vital that you have a digital backup strategy. Tekkie Help are increasingly being called to the rescue when people have had major disk failure and don’t have a backup. A backup is a second copy of data, which can be onsite and offsite.
Onsite vs offsite backup
Onsite backup is where a copy of the data is stored at the same physical location as you on a device such as an external hard drive or USB stick. Offsite backup is where data is stored in a different geographic location. This can be a virtual copy in the Cloud using web-based services like iCloud, DropBox, Google Drive and so on, or it can be an external hard drive stored in your office, a safety deposit box, or your home country. You can also access your photographs from wherever you are.
Onsite backup is fast, simple and cost-effective but can be destroyed along with the source data due to fire, flood or theft. Offsite backups can work out to be expensive over the long term (due to monthly subscription fees), but they mean you’ll still be able to access your data in the case of a catastrophe, which destroys the source data.
The optimum solution is to keep both an onsite and offsite copy, which includes both a live backup and historical backup of your data at particular points in time. If you do this, you’ve cracked it – a resilient solution that should deal with most eventualities!
If you need help implementing a robust backup solution, give Tekkie Help a call on 8113 8682. Quote “EXPATLIVING” for a complimentary telephone consultation.
For more information, visit tekkiehelp.com.
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This article first appeared in the December 2018 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!