Backup - Maintenance
Backup is essential for data protection. However, maintenance of disks and computers is also critical. To begin we can work from the inside out. Defragmentor is a built-in tool in most operating systems, and the defrag tool eliminates fragmented files. Defrag should be conducted regularly to prevent corrupted or incomplete backups. Defragmentation should be conducted at least every two weeks, or once a month at most before backup .
Defrag basically depends on how much the computer is used and how much data is stored on the hard drive. Defrag coupled with Disk Cleanups will prevent computer conflicts, failures, crashes, and corruptions.
Backup - Defrag Continues
Once your data is securely on your disks be sure to click "write files to disk" when prompted. Data stored on disks are ready to be placed in the first accessible cluster, while the computer tries to rest the data in rows (conguous) waiting for access. However, rows may not always be accessed. When files are in clusters and not side-by-side, this is called fragmented. This term is also used when files are not stored in contiguous order.
When your computer is fragmented, your system will run slow and backup will likely be a long waiting task. Mission-critical data backed up on your system should be in one locale for a successful backup procedure to take place. Defragmentation will reorganize your files stored on disk in a row and remove fragmentation.
Backup - How to Defrag
Now that you learned about defrag, let's go to Help and Support to get started and then, Performance and Maintenance. You should see defrag or defragmentor when you right click on the icon. Ok, let the defrag run and then we are going to Disk Cleanup. Windows XP and other operating systems have a program for quick cleanups. Disk Cleanup is a tool used to clean up unused files. The Disk Cleanup tool will delete files that haven't been used for a long time.
Disk Cleanup is used often to prevent corruptions and incomplete backups, including secondary storage mediums. To start Disk Cleanup you will follow the same instructions provided for defrag. Rather than clicking Defrag you will click on the Disk Cleanup icon. You can also go to both Defrag and Disk Cleanup by clicking on Start, Programs, then Accessories and right-click to see both Defrag and Disk Cleanups.
Windows XP) Now that we have done Defrag and Disk Cleanup, we can use the tools provided for backup . Some backup external drives offer software that provides automatic backups. Software's may include features that enable users to backup open and in-use files without going offline. We also need to perform maintenance to our secondary storage mediums. Disks should be kept away from dust, smoke, heat, static, and other contaminations that can destroy disks.
The disks may appear sturdy, but they are not. It pays to make duplicate copies of backup . Duplicate backups will ensure that your data is secure, and offers a quick recovery. Don't forget to keep your duplicate backups in a separate locations.