All data is stored either on a hard drive (an actual disk on which data is written) or on some type of flash storage
(high-speed, electrically-programmable memory). Both flash storage and hard drives can be physically damaged or have
their software corrupted in some way, causing the data on them to become inaccessible or even completely destroyed.
Data recovery is the process of taking a faulty hard disk or flash storage, and recovering some or all of the data
that was stored on it before it malfunctioned. Unfortunately, data recovery isn’t always possible, which is why
backing up your data is critical.
What is data backup?
Data backup safeguards your important files by keeping an up-to-date copy of them on another computer. This computer can either be located on your premises (on-site) or elsewhere (off-site). Which of these two backup options you choose depends on your specific needs.
For example, if you run a video editing business, you likely work with large media files that need to be readily available at all times, making on-site backup the superior option. On the other hand, if you store a lot of sensitive client information, having it backed up off-site is both safer and more convenient.
Why do I need off-site data backup?
Most modern SSDs and hard drives are built to last a decade or more, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be damaged or stolen. Power outages, system failures, fires, floods, burglaries, computer viruses, and other unforeseen events can all cause your data to become corrupted or lost.
At best, this will cause downtime and financial losses for your company. At worst, it can ruin your company and even cause you to get sued for losing sensitive client data. Off-site data backup prevents this problem by literally keeping your valuable files at a different location.