Recently we had two sisters sharing a laptop in their senior year at college call us for a dropped laptop. All of their notes were on it and, of course, being late in their student career, their current classes referenced things they had already learned. They were desperate to get their notes back but, unfortunately, the drive was too far gone. A backup would have saved them a lot of heartache.
Glospey Computers can protect your and your students' files, regardless of your budget!
The best of both worlds: Ideally, we recommend clients have a local backup and a cloud backup for their files because each are better at protecting against different kinds of losses. If a client can only afford one or the other, we recommend cloud backup as it can protect against all events, just not necessarily as efficiently. For example, if a hard drive fails and the client has a local backup, it might take a couple hours to recover all their data to a new drive. In contrast, we've had customers take up to 2 weeks to recover their data from a cloud. Of course, the amount of data and the quality of the customer's internet connection play a huge role in how long that download will take.
For low budgets or ‘lightweight data’: For lightweight backups or low budgets, we can set up backups on a thumb drive. For those clients with a lot of data and who don't need as much portability, we recommend setting up backups on an external drive. We recommend using different software than what typically comes with the external drives; in our experience, they can be unreliable. The software we recommend is very affordable ($10 + tax) and allows you to set backups on a schedule.
The convenience of the cloud: For clients who don't want to worry about where they are, the hassle of carrying extra devices that can be damaged or lost, or want to be protected from fire or theft, standard cloud backup is very convenient and affordable.
For those who want heavy-duty local backups: For clients who want the ultimate local backup, we can set up a NAS drive. These can be pricier, but offer the ultimate in convenience, especially when multiple people and/or computers need to backup, so they're perfect for families like the one we mentioned. These devices can also facilitate sharing between colleagues or family members, and can restrict access to folders so files that can't or don't want to be shared aren't shared. They can also be setup as a cloud for easy access to the files remotely.
Unsure which option might be the best fit for your company or your family? Don't fret - call Glospey Computers today at (401) 787-5297 and we can put together the data backup plan that fits your needs and your budget.