Which data to back up? Here's how to make the right decision

The crucial question of any data backup with your data backup program is:

Which data should I back up and which not?

It's worth thinking about: if you back up too much data, you need more storage capacity, backups take longer, etc. Here we provide you with an answer that you can apply regardless of whether Langmeier Backup is in use at your home or business.

Perspective Programs


Back up data and databases from programs that you work with every day and that are very important to your business. Don't forget to also back up Outlook emails, so your emails and contacts don't get lost.

Perspective Documents and Data


Back up your important documents that pertain to work or personal life. Have you also thought about backing up vacation pictures and personal videos? Maybe you have lost a picture that was very important to you? Therefore, back up all your valuable pictures.


When backing up data, also think about the following folders:

Backup the "My Documents" folder: This is where you created documents that took hours of work to create. These files belong in every backup. Directories containing a graphic artist's graphics, a musician's sheet music, a programmer's source code, or an author's manuscripts also belong in every backup. Also consider whether it might be worth your whileto back up these directories historically, so that you can later refer back to earlier versions of the files if needed.

"C:\Documents and Settings": This directory contains program-specific data, such as emails from Outlook Express.


Other examples of important folders: project directories, directories with accounting data, directories with databases, directories with source codes or manuscripts


In Langmeier Backup you have the option to select many important data at once with one click:


Perspective operating system

Windows backup: Back up your entire operating system, too, so you can restore Windows quickly in an emergency.

Better back up a little too much, than too little. Back up all the data that is important to you, even if it's data you don't currently need. A systematic backup can save you a lot of headaches, nerves and money.

Now all you have to do is put backing up your data into action.


This is no problem at all with our backup software Langmeier Backup


Backing up the data where?

There are many, different backup media to choose from:

  • External hard drives, USB sticks
  • .
  • Network
  • Online: NASCloudFTP-Server
  • CD/DVD
  • Magnetic Tape

Langmeier Backup 9 supports all of these media

But which backup medium is best for you?

For data and image backup, external hard disk is an inexpensive and good alternative. After backing up data to the external hard drive one can disconnect it from the computer or laptop and store it in a safe place in case the computer would no longer be usable due to electrocution, theft, or other circumstances.

Backing up to NAS also offers many benefits.

If you want to keep the data in a safe for several years, then the magnetic tape is a good alternative. The backups take a little longer in terms of time, but you can easily store magnetic tapes for several years.


The backup to the cloud is very popular today. However, one should pay attention to encryption and security while doing so.


It is not recommended to backup important data to CD/DVD as here a small scratch is enough to make the data unreadable. In addition, dust or too strong sunlight can also damage the medium.


Check the backup logs


When backing up data, it is important to control it. You should check the logs after each backup of your data backup program to clean up errors as soon as possible. You can set up the check very conveniently. You can have the logs delivered to your email; SMS to your mobile phone is also an option. You can even configure it to print the log right after the backup is complete.


Then you know whether the backup was successful or not. All this is no problem with Langmeier Backup:

Regular restore tests


One point that many users forget is to perform regular restore tests . Run such tests at least once a month, restoring a few files to be sure everything is running correctly.


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Sebastian Müller Sebastian Müller is partner and top customer support at Langmeier Software, making him the best person to talk to about Langmeier backup backup solutions.

Phone: +41 44 861 15 70
Email: sebastian@langmeier-software.com

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