The image below is a familiar site to us and often indicates that a hard drive is about to fail. We have had numerous teachers come to us over the years who have lost years & years worth of planning thanks to a failed hard drive or a broken USB memory stick. This is why having a backup is extremely important!
The constant reading and writing of data will eventually lead to drive failure. This could be mechanical failure or logical failure and it often happens without warning. Other reasons for data loss include power failures, file corruption, virus, ransomware & malware attacks.
There are many types of backup media you can use, including:
- External Hard Drives
- USB flash drives
- Optical Media (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
- Network Attached Storage (NAS)
- Cloud Backup
For extra security, we recommend that important data is backed up twice on different types of media.
A fantastic program we use every day to back up and migrate data is Fab’s Autobackup Pro. This allows us to backup up every piece of user data on a laptop or desktop and we highly recommend it.
We also recommend are used for any personal data taken offsite to protect you and your school under GDPR. Check with your network manager or contact us for a recommendation.
If you have lost important data, we do offer a recovery service. Contact us for a quote.