When was the last time that you made a backup of your data? Computers and hard drives can crash. You should have a backup plan in the event of a hard drive or operating system crash to ensure that your data is protected and your business does not miss a beat. If the physical hard drive crash is so bad that the computer will not boot or another system cannot see the hard drive, then you will need to restore one of your backups on a new server. The best way to prevent damage from a hard disk crash is to take a proactive approach and back up the data stored on the local drive daily. If your hard drive crash is caused by a malfunction of the hard drive itself, there is still a very good possibility that the data is still intact and accessible.

Making regular backups and keeping your backups in a safe place is an important daily part of maintaining your Commander software. If you are making daily backups, you can quickly recover from a hard drive crash. Failure to make daily backups is potentially risking the loss of all your data, customer lists, invoice history, sales tax information and inventory counts.

Commander has two backup apps that are on the desktop of the server. One is executed manually to make a backup whenever you choose. The data can be stored on any internal or external drive. TIP: Data should always be stored on a different drive or external source other than the local server.

The Commander Automated Backup can be scheduled to run on a timer everyday in the event that you forget to make regular backups. This automatic backup utility only executes if the server is left running and the data can also be saved on a cloud drive.

In place of the traditional method of storing data on a local or external drive, an increasingly more popular remedy is to backup your data to the cloud. The best backup is one that isn’t on your Commander main server. Microsoft offers a cloud storage option called One Drive. You get 5 GB’s of free storage with the basic account or you can pay a small fee for more storage if needed. One Drive, Google and several dozen other companies also offer an online or cloud backup option.

“It is still amazing to me how many people neglect to make daily backups of their data. Having all of your data in only one place is dangerous. Data is at the heart of any modern organization and backing up is a critical part of preventative maintenance for business survival. There are so many options when it comes to storing your data in the cloud, you could almost do away with local drives for data storage. Take action today and schedule regular backups.”   . . . . . Steve Barker, MIC Systems, VP of Sales.