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The Difference Between Syncing and Backups

What’s the difference?

When you back-up your data, that is a different thing from syncing your data. A back-up is a copy used for safety and archiving.  It’s not supposed to change. When a glitch, breakdown, or an accident happens, you can revert or refer to a back-up to get the original, un-FUBAR’d copy of whatever it is you lost or was corrupted.

A back-up what you go back to in case something happens to your current set-up.  When you have a back-up strategy and keep you back-ups current, if something happens to your data today, you won’t lose much time recreating your data since you have a recent copy close by.

Syncing — keeping multiple copies stored and updated to current versions — is what you do so you can access the same data across computers and/or devices. When you’re synced, you can access the same data wherever you go, whatever you use. This helps people on the move keep their data updated whether they access it at home, on the go, or at work, as long as their devices are online.

Having a reliable back-up means that if you suffer the blue-screen of death or whatever mishap that takes your system down, versioning can help you roll-back to an un-infected or uncorrupted state. Having reliable syncing enabled means you’re updated wherever you are, whatever you use. Continue reading The Difference Between Syncing and Backups

The SMART Guide to Back-ups: Archiving

31 August 2010, by Ariadne Cedilla

What’s the purpose of archiving your electronic data?

Preservation. Simply put, archiving, in this sense, is preservation. Of memories (vacation photos, wedding videos, the Family Reunion Of Which You Do Not Speak Of, etc.) and data (like photographs, business documents, scripts, novels, music etc.) that are static and won’t change.

Revisions and retouching aside, archiving stabilizes and stores a set of information that you can use for reference, proof and perhaps most vital of all, connection.

  • Need the very first “final version” of the company handbook before the current set of revisions got too bulky? Here you go.
  • A lawsuit is threatening to come down on your company due to what the opposition claims is shoddy work? You pull out the pics to prove it just ain’t so.
  • A dispute rises over the contract? You got it in writing, and with the digital signatures all in place.
  • You have a lifetime’s worth of photographs. You want it to last beyond your lifetime, so your great-grands can get to know you even after you’re gone.
  • Want to show your kids that yes, Mama was a natural blonde before puberty hit and her hair got darker? Sure.
  • Your in-laws want to see the ultrasound? You want your as-yet-unbaked bun-in-the-oven to get to see it? You got it.
  • You have something you need to say, something you want the world to know. Share it across time.

Insurance (as back-up) is secondary (but a close second) in this case. If you’ve done your back ups according to plan, you’re covering those bases. Archiving is simply making sure that any data you have that’s important to you is stored, safely, uncorrupted, and available in a way/medium that will survive time and technological changes.
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The SMART Guide to Back-ups: Protect Your Data

When it comes to backing up data, there are only 2 groups of people involved. The first group are people who have lost data, like those who have had hard-drives die on them, or were exposed to the Virus that Ate The Internet. The second covers those who haven’t had the pleasure of that particular experience. Yet.

But it’s only a matter of time, statistically speaking. And you can never predict when, or how it will happen. Brand new drives die a few days out of the box, while older ones faithfully chug on for years. You bed down for the night, as your laptops purrs on, worry-free. The next morning a howl of disbelief shatters the early morning silence of the dormitory. “I didn’t DO anything!”
“Are you sure, dude?”
“YES!”
“Uh, download anything new last night?”
“Nuh–oh?”

Then, “Oh, crap.”

The drive can’t be detected. The laptop falls due to your cat’s panicked antics, and you can’t get it to boot. Your sippy cup wasn’t fastened as tightly as you thought it was. Viruses, trojans, hackers and theft. Lightning strike, fire, water from a leaky pipe…you just don’t know.

Thus, back-up. There’s something you need to understand about back-up, though:

Back-up is not a guarantee, unless and until you test it (data verification) and even then, stuff happens. Back up is insurance, and as with any kind of insurance, back up comes in handy after a loss of some sort. See the difference now? And as with any kind of insurance, you need a plan that suits your needs.
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