Handy Backup / Support / How to Backup / Necessity of Data Backup
As each situation is unique, there can be no explicit answer if you need backups or not. Generally there are two main aspects that you need to keep in mind when considering the necessity of backups:
Let's explain these three points in details by giving real world examples.
There are cases when backing up is not a must. For example, Internet cafés have multiple computers that are accessed and used by dozens of people daily. In such public places, there is a common practice to regularly erase all files and programs downloaded or installed by visitors and roll the system back to some predefined state common for all PCs. In this case you don’t really need to make backups of any kind: even if some computer's hard drive fails, you can put it back into operation by simply cloning any other PC's HDD.
Many companies take advantage of the Remote Desktop technology which allows them to have a single powerful server to manage all employees work and numerous workstations that connect to it. Of course, in this case you don’t need to establish backup routines for each networked PC, but only for the server. The same applies to the situation when everybody works using network drives and stores no data on each specific computer.
If these two statements correctly characterize your case, then you definitely should consider establishing some backup routine. And as a first step, it is necessary to analyze data that you want to back up.
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