Common question customers ask: “What drive & back solution do you recommend?”
Unfortunately, all hard drives fail for various reasons, whether they are design, manufacturing, wear-n-tear, or user error related. Therefore, no particular brand or model hard drive is exceptional.
A sound strategy is to no longer count on a drive's reliability, rather, rely on the process of keeping the data alive, regardless of device brand, through backups.
For very basic needs at a low cost, we recommend at least two external drives, backing up each other, as follows:
Computer > External drive 1 > External drive 2, or
Computer > External drive 1 & Computer > External drive 2, where both externals are connected to the same computer. For this strategy, we would recommend a desktop type of an external drive that it is set in place and does not move. The second external drive can be a portable small USB kind, ideally for offsite storage.
For more advanced home or small business needs, we would recommend a backup strategy as follows:
Device (computer/server/smartphone/tablet) > NAS (Network Attached Storage) > External Drive (USB, eSATA, Firewire, Thunderbolt, etc)
Most NAS devices have USB ports on the front and back planes, allowing to connect a variety of portable DAS (Direct Attached Storage, such as an external hard drive, for example).
Here is a list of popular NAS devices from a fairly reputable source, PC Magazine:
Although we are not the biggest fan, you can also look into cloud solutions, at least for the most critical files. If the files are important, it is a good idea to have a backup offsite, such as in the cloud, in case of flooding, fires, storms, etc.
Whatever backup strategy you decide to implement, the goal is to be disciplined in keeping up with the backup routine, so that we can have multiple copies of the data on at least 2-3 media in different locations in case the need for disaster recovery occurs. This way, if one storage medium fails, we have access to the data on another.
If you would like us to help you with a backup strategy solution tailored to your needs, we can definitely assist you.
We must first have a consultation on what type of data you have, how much data and how it is accessed currently, as well as growing data needs in the future.
The consultation will allow our data experts to tailor a proper data backup and disaster recovery solution according to your needs.
This type of service starts at $200. The cost of devices and installation is extra.
For questions, please contact via call or text at 617-571-9172.