June 22, 2017
Cloud Storage Reviews

Disaster Recovery Tips



One of the main benefits of having your files stored safely in the cloud is the ability to recover from a disaster quickly. Whether it is a hardware failure or accidental deletion, you can always retrieve files from the cloud as long as you are connected to the internet. There are a few disaster recovery tips that will help you complete the process of restoring your files without a problem.

How much is lost?

The first thing to do when you lose your files is to know how catastrophic the impact is. Different routes should be taken in different circumstances; if you lose all of your files due to hardware failure, for example, alternative recovery methods may work better than having to download the entire online files.

What are my recovery options?

Cloud storage companies now offer copying your files onto a flash drive or an external hard drive for easy restoration. This means you no longer have to wait for hours only to have your files restored perfectly. You can even have your files copied onto optical discs for easy recovery.

After observing the extent of the damage, you can decide whether downloading your files is really an option; don't forget to consider download time and the relative quality of your internet connection. If download is less than convenient, review alternative recovery options and go for the one you find most suitable.

How do I recover my files?

A simple recovery means copying files to their respective folders manually. This is the common recovery method if you are a cloud storage user. Those who use cloud backup services, on the other hand, can recover up to an entire hard drive - or several of them - with ease thanks to comprehensive backup images.

Each method has advantages. Recovering your files from a cloud storage account means you have the chance to fine-tune file management and further select the files you need to recover. Recovering from a cloud backup image often requires you to restore a full image, reverting your computer back to its previous state.

Precautions

Before recovering your files, make sure the actual cause of loss is determined and solved. This stops you from having to deal with the same issue all over again. You should also consider the extra costs - if any - of using alternative restore methods no matter how minute they appear when you first review your options.