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It took me weeks to find, and then remember where they are hidden in Documents and Settings. I never did find email settings, so have not saved those.
Bottom line: what should you back up, and how often?
Whatever media you use, you must have at least 2 current backups of everything, and preferably 3. If you use CD or DVD, have you ever noticed how some discs suddenly become unreadable, and for no apparent reason. It happens oh too frequently.. I lose up to 15% this way. CDs have an expected shelf life of maybe 2 years. Some will surely last longer, too many die prematurely.
Does that mean you should not use CDs or DVDs to back up? Of course you should. It is cheapest backup system I know about. But you MUST have more than one copy. I prefer 3. The proof of this comes when you save your business by being able to start over because your backups are up to date.
Imagine if you lose all your programs and have to buy them over again.
Imagine if you lose all your emails that have your registration codes for programs you bought online. And what about all sales and purchase data in your emails. What about your contact list, your email lists, etc.
Imagine losing all your accounting data that you must have for year-end tax reporting!
Enough said. Programs already backed up on 2 or 3 copies only need to be updated by adding new programs you buy, and upgrades that come out.
Data should be backed up based on frequency of your transactions. It could be daily, or every 2 or 3 days if your business is in early growth stage..
Without backups…your business may be dead in water! Don't get careless. You may say I will save a disc or two by backing up less often. Why? One CD-rom disc costs a buck. Big deal when it means life or death for your business.
Why take chances. Can anyone predict when you will have a problem, a computer crash, a new virus? Of course not. Don't live dangerously, this is not a thrill ride, it is your life.
Fred Farah copyright 2004
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