World Backup Day

This year March 31st, Easter falls on World Backup Day!

World Backup Day(WBD) is a day to remind and encourage everyone to back up their files, photos, videos, and other critical data. Instead of storing things in one location, keeping a copy somewhere else is easy. Anything can happen and destroy all the important data that we have. According to the WBD website https://www.worldbackupday.com 

  • 21% of people have never made a backup
  • 113 phones lost or stolen every minute
  • 29% of data loss cases are caused accidentally
  • 30% of all computers are already infected with malware

The WBD website has suggestions for how to make backups. If you need help, let me know.

I follow the 3-2-1 Backup strategy. 

  • Have 3 copies of your data - your original and two other copies
  • Use 2 different storage media - Computer, external hard drive, optical media, magnetic tape, NAS, or cloud storage
  • Keep 1 copy off-site - Store it away from your other copy will prevent loss of data from fire, flood, other natural disasters, theft, etc.

Personally, I keep my data on a Synology NAS, an old desktop computer running UnRaid, and a cloud backup service, BackBlaze.

Do you have a backup solution?

  • I've been slacking on this. I use Dropbox and an external hard drive for storage, but I don't back up onto that hard drive often enough. I've been thinking of trying an automated backup service (because clearly I'm not building a habit to back up often). Any recommendations?

    I should add that I run a small editing agency, so I'm backing up my business and client files.

  • I use BackBlaze to back up to the cloud. It's automated which allows me to not worry about it. I store all my files on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) which is a device that has one or more drives and you can access it on your network. My NAS syncs to another NAS(home-built one running UnRAID) that I have in my home office. That NAS gets backed up to the cloud with BackBlaze. I use Synology NAS. They have a wide variety of devices that support 2 drives and others that go up to 36 drives. When you get into the rack mount ones, they have models that support even more drives.

  • So useful! this is exactly what we need when we have a small business to manage without an IT specialist to help us without asking

  • I try to complete and upload as much work as possible in Google Drive/Google Workspace but realize the privacy issues this can have on sensitive documents. I'm curious as to wonder if there's a way to automatically backup items saved in Drive to another cloud platform or local storage device in the case Google's servers are offline or if content gets deleted by Google.

  • Depending on the amount of files and data you have, there are several choices. A Cloud Backup solution such as Backblaze would be able to backup your computer and your Google Drive data as long as you have the files mirrored to your computer and allow permissions for the backup service to access your files. See Back Up Google Drive (backblaze.com). If you prefer to have all your data local and not in the cloud, look at a Direct Attached Storage(DAS) or Network Attached Storage(NAS) solution. The difference between the two is NASs are connected to your network where you access it from Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection, while DAS devices are directly connected to your computer usually with a USB, Thunderbolt, or other type of interface. I prefer NAS because I can move my computer anywhere in my office and still have it backup and access the data. Synology is the brand of NAS that I prefer. They included a cloud sync service where it will backup your files from Google Drive. So if you cannot sync all your Google Drive files to your local computer because it does not fit on your hard drive, it does not matter.

  • Thanks for the info! Upgrading my current NAS (WD My Cloud) is on the bucket list but I still haven't made the time to buy one yet. Will definitely be looking into Synology and researching if Backblaze is a good solution for me.

  • I keep multiple USB flash drive backups as well as CD-ROM backups and external hard drive backups.