Data Backup Services

Backing up your data is the most important task you will perform on your computer. If you don’t have a backup, you risk losing your data… permanently. It’s not a matter of IF you’ll lose your data, it’s a matter of WHEN.

Loss of data happens in many ways. The most common cause is human error.  We have all made the mistake of deleting a file, or overwriting a file we wanted to keep.  Our backup solutions can not only keep a copy of your data, but also multiple versions of that data to allow you to go back in time to retrieve a document before any untoward modifications have been made to it.

Another common cause of data loss is the physical failure of the hard drive that stores your data. That hard drive will eventually fail as it is a mechanical part.

Another cause for data loss is power failure or spikes. These can result in loss of the file you are currently working on or your entire hard drive.

Virus attacks can also render your data useless. There are many computer viruses out there that will delete files on an infected machine. That’s why an effective anti-virus program is extremely important please see our Virus Removal Page for more information and suggestions.

A-Byte offer secure and efficient backup services that are available to home and business users. There are several different types of backups that we can provide, such as:

  • Full Backup: A full backup will consist of every file being backed up every time. When subsequent backups are run, every file you have to backup will be backed up again. The advantage of doing a full back up is that you have several copies of data that you can rollback to if something were to happen. The disadvantage is that full backups take up more space than any of the other backup types.
  • Incremental backup: An incremental backup initially starts out as a full backup, after the full backup has been done subsequently after that all backups that are made are only done to files that have been modified or added. This uses less storage space than a full backup, however when restoring it is a slower process.
  • Mirror backup: a mirror backup is a mirror of the source location. When a file has been deleted off the source, eventually that file gets deleted in the mirror backup. Mirror backups should be used with caution as a file can be accidently deleted and not retrievable.
  •  Local backup: A local backup is a backup of your data onto a storage device, for example internal or external hard drive, CD/DVD, Flash Drive or network attached storage (NAS). Local backups provide protection from accidental mistakes or deletions if you backup on a regular basis.  As all data is stored locally this allows for the fastest data retrieval.
  • Offsite backup: Offsite backups can be performed in the same manner as local backups, except when you move the backup to a different location is then becomes an offsite backup. Offsite backups are usually to prevent the loss of data from fire, theft and floods.  For businesses, the use of offsite backups are essential.
  • Remote backup: Remote backups are a form of offsite backup, the difference being that you can access, restore and administer the backups over the internet. You don’t have to be present at the backup storage area to access the backups.  Remote backups can be configured to run all the time you are working ensuring all your data is up to date.  The downside to remote backups is speed.  Even with modern fibre connections you may have to be selective regarding what data is stored in this manner.

Here at A-Byte Computers we have used a number of different backup applications.  We have grown to trust and highly recommend the use of Syncback for your backups.  While this software is not the easiest to setup, its options are very comprehensive allowing a great deal of flexibility to be added to your backup routine.