7 Ways to Protect Data From Natural Disasters
Depending on your situation, the data you have could be worth more to you than a small fortune. The issue is that no one can predict when natural disasters happen, only that they are sometimes unavoidable. Here are some ways you can make sure that your data is safe even when the worst weather happens in your area.
Make Sure Your Computer is Raised Up
If you put your computer on high ground in your house or wherever else it is, then it could grant you a reprieve from one of the most common natural disasters, namely, floods. Obviously, depending on how bad the flood is, this won’t keep your data high and dry forever, but it could at least buy you more time to do something about the issue. It’s especially important to make sure that not just the monitors and keyboard, but the actual data part of your PC is as high up as you can get it. Even just raising it off the floor onto your desk could be a good way to make sure the water doesn’t short anything out.
Learn to Take Out the Hard Drive
It’s important you know how to remove the hard drive from your computer ahead of time so you don’t have to figure it out in the heat of the moment when there’s water pouring all around you or some other stressful event. This will often be different based on what kind of computer you have.
If some kind of disaster happens, including a storm, a flood, or anything else, then you’re going to have to get your data out quickly so it’s important to know what to do. In most cases, it’s not too complicated. It mostly just involves opening your computer case and then unhooking the hard drive, often with a screwdriver, and definitely only after turning the computer off. However, it can vary, and it’s good to know exactly what to do.
Try a Backup Power Source
This is also called a “UPS.” If you’re in a storm that can cut the power or involve lightning, then you have a bit of a danger of data loss. However, an “uninterruptible power source” will mean that if you do lose power, your computer will still run for a few minutes longer. That way, you can quickly save anything you were working on to avoid losing anything.
This is a good way to make sure that you avoid anything from being deleted accidentally during an instant outage.
Physical Backups at Different Locations
Having digital copies of your files stored in other locations such as at your bank or another storage facility is a good idea as well. This will make it more likely than any of your data will survive if you have more than one copy of it. It’s also important to try to spread these backups around a bit if you can.
In other words, you’re going to want to have these physical backups at locations not too close to where the originals are. That way, if a flood or storm affects your originals, then the same storm, fire, or other disasters won’t be affecting the backups.
Prepare for Fires
These days, given what’s happening in California right now, fires have now entered the category of a potential natural disaster, depending on where you live. It helps to have fireproof cables, smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, and a temperature gauge to prevent damage to your house or business in general, in addition to making sure that any data you need survives. In the case of non-digital data in the form of paper, it helps to put this into a fireproof safe.
You could also have copies of your data on other hard drives or other kinds of data storage such as USB sticks that you could potentially put into a fireproof safe as well.
Have a Plan
Knowing what you would do in the case of various disasters is also a good idea. If you come up with a plan for how you’re going to handle a disaster of whatever kind ahead of time, then you won’t have to waste any precious seconds on figuring it out.
Professional Backup and Recovery on the Cloud
In the case where your files are always being backed up electronically on the cloud, automatically, every day, then the physical destruction of the original equipment storing the files won’t matter at all in terms of still having access to them. The important thing is to go with a service that gives you a guarantee that all of your data will be backed up safely no matter what happens.
If you trust your backup company, then it won’t matter if a flood fries your computer and the hard drivers they contain. It won’t matter if a storm causes physical debris to damage your equipment, or if it’s done by an earthquake. Fires could converge on the equipment and burn everything that way.
It won’t matter, because the data will be backed up on servers across the country by the service that you trust for this purpose.
Natural disasters happen all the time, but they don’t happen everywhere at once. This means that the safest way to make sure your data remains intact is to have a backup service that can create perfect copies of it right up until the equipment fails or goes offline.
For more information about making sure that your data stays safe no matter what happens in your area, please make sure you don’t hesitate to go ahead and contact us today. The faster you contact us, the faster we can get started helping you set up your automatic backups.
No other method is going to be as foolproof for backups than using a cloud-based backup service. This is because a backup service can copy and store data instantly, instead of requiring you to constantly update yourself physically if you’re using a physical hard drive backup, for example.
Nothing will be more up to date than that which is electronically backed up instantly and without your manual input.