Setting Up Your Workstation Files To Backup

One of the many questions we get from some of our new customers is, “What should I backup?”

Each business’ and customer’s data is unique. When deciding on what to backup, there are some questions you may want to ask yourself:

  • Where do I save files I have created?
  • If my computer or server were to crash, what files would I need to get my business going again?
  • How do I have my files organized on my computer?
  • How many files (total number of files) do I want backed up?
  • What is the total size of the files I want backed up?

These questions will help you not only with figuring out what you need to backup, but how you want to organize this data.

“How should I backup my files?”

When creating a backup in Jungle Disk, all the data that is set to backup is stored within a backup vault. You can only have one backup vault connected to an online disk per machine, but you have multiple backup jobs running to one vault. For organizational purposes and for best practices we highly recommend creating multiple online disks to store your data. This will not only help organize your data, but if the time comes for a restore, getting this data back down to your machine will be expedited by having smaller backups across multiple disks.

When setting up your backup create Online Disks with specific names (e.g. human resources, accounting, sales, etc). This will help organize the data into departments and thus you can store data pertaining to those departments in those disks. Next, you will want to create the backup job for these disks and have them backup the necessary files. You can refer to this guide on our support page for help.

When creating the backup job, you will also want to consider the size of this backup. As expressed in the best practices article above, you will want to keep your backups within a reasonable size. When selecting the directories to backup in the What to Backup section, you will see a file count and size for that job.

“Is there anything I should not backup?”

Yes, avoid selecting your C:\ for your backup. Though this will capture all the files on your computer, you will also backup tons of files that are of unnecessary. System files and directories change frequently and could bloat and clutter your backups with data that is not needed and make it very hard to restore at the same time. You may also want to avoid backing up program files and app data since these could easily be reinstalled if lost.

As always, if you need any help or have further questions feel free to reach out to use on our support line or send us an email to [email protected]

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