How to back up your hard drive properly and not forget anything

Eine Sicherungs-Kopie ist die Rettung in der Not bei Datenverlust!A backup copy is a lifesaver in case of data loss!

Most, if not all, data backups involve a hard drive somewhere. There are other backup media such as DVDs and magnetic tapes, but the hard disk dominates. So it seems obvious to us to give you a somewhat unorthodox overview here, not by function, but by the element of hard disk in data backup.

In these four topics we will show you how our backup software supports you in the topics:

  • Back up hard disk
  • Backup external hard disk
  • Encrypt hard disk
  • Restore hard disk

Back up hard disk

At Langmeier Software, we consider backing up to an external hard drive a good way to protect your data. Since hard disks contain huge volumes of data, they are also suitable for creating an entire image of Windows and additionally backing up personal data as a file backup for faster access.

The backup to the hard disk should be made regularly, at least once a month, because it is also to test whether the hard disk backup still works. Unfortunately, it can happen in rare cases that the drive suffers a hard disk crash, the data is no longer readable as a consequence and you have to buy a new hard disk. If you have opted for an SSD hard drive with flash memory from the start, this will not happen to you, since this type of hard drive no longer has a drive. In terms of price, however, this is much more expensive than HDD technology with a drive.

Hard disk mirroring is also possible with Langmeier Backup. To do this, create a new backup job and select Hard disk image backup. Not only the hard disk C: with the Windows operating system can be backed up this way, but also other hard disks or partitions can be backed up or mirrored as an image. Would you like to learn more about the difference between image backup and file backup?

Another often requested function is hard disk synchronization. This can be configured with Langmeier Backup in the "Settings for the current job". There, select the option "Synchronization: Remove deleted files also on backup media" and your original and backup hard disk will contain the same data at all times.

Is the hard disk backup still not secure enough for you?

We have a few additional tips for you

  • Use two hard disks. Connect them to the computer only for the backup and make the backup on them alternately. E.g. backup to hard disk A one week and backup to hard disk B the next week. Store one of the hard disks outside your home, e.g. at your workplace, so that you still have a data backup in case of fire.
  • Make a backup to a hard drive and a backup to the cloud. But make sure that the data in the cloud is encrypted and not everyone can easily access it.
  • Read the comprehensive article for secure data backup tips here.

Data backup external hard drive

Many of our users use an external hard drive not for data backup, but to store additional data. This is also not a problem at all with Langmeier Backup. You can use all the functions you use for backing up your computer's data for backing up the external hard drive as well:

You can backup data to external hard drive once or at regular intervals. The external hard disk can be easily mirrored, for example, to the second external hard disk, which is used only for backup, or only certain data can be backed up. Again, make sure that you perform the external hard disk backup regularly. Especially if it is not about an image backup of Windows, but "only" about data, the regular backup can be forgotten more easily.

Synchronize drives: You can also synchronize the external hard drive with a second external hard drive.

Encrypt hard disk

Langmeier Backup also offers this function, but only in relation to the backup. Whether the original data is already encrypted depends on you. But you can encrypt the backup of the hard disk in any case. For this you have to buy a license of Langmeier Backup Business.

Which Windows version you have installed does not matter with Langmeier Backup. Whether you encrypt the backup of the hard disk with Windows 7 or encrypt the hard disk with Windows 8, the functionalities are identical. And - you probably already guessed it - the backup of the hard disk encryption with Windows 10 also works without any problems.

Restore hard disk

If you have taken precautions with Langmeier Backup by making regular image backups of entire hard disks or partitions, then you don't have to worry if it becomes necessary to restore your operating system. We have explained here exactly how this works with Langmeier Backup. Remember to make a bootable emergency media. Then restoring the Windows operating system or recovering hard disks is really child's play.

Data Recovery: If you take good precautions regarding your own data backup on hard disk - whether we are talking about data backup on external hard disk or internal hard disk - then you will never have to rely on expensive hard disk data recovery, where you can also never be sure whether all your valuable data can really be recovered by data recovery from hard disk.

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About the Author Alexander Vogt, Premium Support
Alexander Vogt Alexander Vogt is in charge of Premium Support at Langmeier Software, making him the best person to contact about Langmeier backup solutions and the aBusiness Suite.

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Email: support@langmeier-software.com
 

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