Surviving Data Loss: Part 2

In the first part of this tip, we looked at ways to back up your data. Today we’ll cover three more options to stop a catastrophic data loss.

Home Cloud Systems

Perhaps you like the idea of a cloud-based backup, but don’t want to use Dropbox or another company’s cloud. One method of data storage that is on the rise is the home-based cloud system. Usually called a ‘personal cloud’, these systems work by attaching to your home network via WiFi or ethernet cable.


You can access the cloud from your home network and save precious data upon them, and — with the proper setup — you can even access the cloud from another house altogether over the web. They’re not particularly cheap, but if you want a backup solution that a whole family can use, a home-based cloud ensures your data is safe while also knowing exactly where in the world your data is!

Transfer to another Hard Drive

If you’re worried that your current drive is about to bite the dust,  then moving all of your data to a new home is one of the options you have. Also, if you just want a complete backup of your current hard drive but can’t cram it all onto a memory stick, this is also an option.


As for what kind hard drive you want depends on your situation. If your current drive is giving up the ghost, purchasing another hard drive similar to the model you have is probably best. If you don’t know how to install a hard drive, it’s probably best to call for assistance or take your PC down to a store, as mishandling hard drives can end up doing damage. You can buy cables that attach to both your old and new hard drives, allowing you to transfer data between the two.

External Hard Drives

If you would just like a bigger backup method than a memory stick, perhaps consider a USB hard drive. They come in similar prices to their SATA brothers and plug into your USB ports just fine. Once in, you can transfer data from your computer’s hard drive to the USB one, and even port the USB hard drive around between other PCs. If you’re particularly tech-savvy, you can even make the USB hard drive bootable with an operating system, just like your PC’s!


Hopefully you’re now better-armed against the dangers of hard drive crashes and data loss. If you keep your drive in healthy conditions, keep an eye on its general health, and have a back-up strategy for all of your important data, the dangers of losing precious data will be practically non-existent. Stay data-wise, and keep those bits and bytes safe!

~ Simon

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