Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How do you backup your computers?

How do you back up your computer data? Do you use an external hard drive? A remote backup? Maybe you're like countless other physicians out there who don't regularly back up your data. If you're running an electronic health record (EHR or EMR), then I'm certain that you're backing up your patient data. However, how are you backing up other important files and documents? What about your e-mails?

Computer hard drives can fail at any moment. If you're not keeping a close eye on your hard drive, you may not know if your drive is about to fail. Some drives may give you some warning signs, but others may fail at an instant (especially if you drop it). So, what's the best option?

The ideal method is to have a local backup (such as an external hard drive) and a remote backup. External hard drives have dropped in price significantly, so you can get a 500 GB or even a 1 TB drive for a very reasonable price.

Backing up your data is especially important if you use a mobile computer like a notebook or a tablet PC. After all, that computer could just walk away someday and all your data would be gone.

1 comment:

  1. You may also want to consider a online automated backup system such as Iron Mountain or moxy.com. These system are inexpensive and secured via encryption schema.

    You will need to load a exe or dmg onto your machine which will handle automatic background backups.

    Apple provides a program in their OS (time capsule) that you can setup automatic backup to be sent to a drive like an external drive.

    Jeff Brandt