One Copy: Is it enough? Saving your data to an external hard drive or flash drive is better than nothing. But since the information is stored only in one place it really isn't a backup...it's just storage. What happens if you loose the drive or forget where you put it? What happens when the drive fails due to it's age or malfunction? Technology moves swiftly; will you be able to access your photos in 5 years? Will computers even have CD/DVD drives in the future?
Two Copies: You might have your extra storage drive as a back up and keep a copy on your computer. This is a better solution and how most people do it, but I'm afraid this still is not enough. You will be protected against drive failure but what about that house fire? Is it gonna take both copies? Theft is another problem. Thieves will most likely take your external drive and your computer. Both copies gone!
Three Copies: We are more comfortable with the rule of three copies. That may sound like a lot but we are all at risk of device failure. We recommend keeping one copy on your computer/device, another on an external drive, and the third copy tucked safely away in the cloud. Layer 2 Computers can fully automate your cloud back up so you don't even have to think about it. If you ever need your data, it will be ready and in perfect condition. Your data will be protected from any fire, flood, or loss.
There are two kinds of people: those who backup and those who have never lost their data. Loss of data has a profound impact on people. You can always recreate the family budget and your contact list but there is no way to retrieve your photos once they are gone. That hurt can remain for a long time but remember that pain is avoidable. If you value your data call us at 937-660-4899 to discuss our back-up system.