USB Backup

Low cost manual backups

Do you know the difference between primary and secondary storage?

Primary Storage

This is where you store your work and use it first hand. This is most likely your computers local hard disk, but if your out of space you might have copied your pictures to a USB hard disk. You might also have decided to access files when travelling and so you’ve moved your primary storage to a cloud account lime SkyDrive or iCloud.

Secondary Storage

This is where you take a second copy of vital documents or images. You never work live on these files and simply use it as a place to recover from.

The important thing is to understand and not mix the two up. Some people think that because they copied all their pictures to a USB disk to expand the computer, they have taken a backup and are safe. However in this example your using USB as primary storage. If you accidentally delete that family picture then its gone for ever!

The answer is either:

  • Use USB disks as true secondary storage
    This means manually running a backup, then unplugging the disk to secure it.
    This creates an “air gap”. (While the disk is disconnected data cant get corrupted.)
  • Use Cloud backups.
    This has a monthly cost but means you are far more protected.
    Have a look at our Cloud Backups section for full details

Ask one of our engineers about the cost of a USB backup disk 01423 290029 They start from around £50

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SINCE 01/12/2019, LAST UPDATED 26/01/2020

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