If you are a customer or Highcomm or a regular visitor to this website then you are probably aware that I am fairly paranoid about backing up data. Well, I thought I was paranoid until I read the article which is referenced below.
Personally I have a desktop backup which I run whenever I feel it is warranted, which isn’t often as I don’t store much of importance on my desktop PC. The same goes for my MacBook, whenever I feel the need as not much is stored on it.
My important data is stored in Dropbox and synchronised as required across all of mine and my families devices, desktop PCs, laptops, Macs, iPads and smartphones (so multiple copies of the data is stored all over the place).
My desktop backup also backs up the Dropbox folders that are synchronised to my desktop PC so there is another copy. Also on a regular basis, things such as photos are “archived” to DVDs or some other storage media so that I have another copy stored somewhere safe.
So I am pretty much covered.
For businesses I generally recommend either a desktop backup with multiple disks which are alternated daily and taken off site. I also suggest cloud backup, such as Carbonite, but this really only works for small amounts of data, if you have Gigabytes then it is not really an option. Dropbox is useful again for storing data that is required across multiple devices, sites, etc. but remember Dropbox is not a backup!
So the article. This article is written by Rob Griffiths for Mac World and the title says it all. It is a fairly long article and although his backup regime really is over the top it does explain the many options for backing up and keeping your data safe.