Personal Data Management – Information you need to know.
Facts and conclusion you as an individual need to consider.
* The amount of new data doubles every two years. (IDC)
* 85 % of all data is generated by individuals, or is Meta Data about that data!!
* (IDC) is predicting data growth at 59% per year into the foreseeable future.
* There is not enough media in the world to store all of the data that is being generated. (Gartner)
* The shelf life of digital data is 3 to 5 years. (The length of time for technologies to change.)
* In 10 years there will be at least 50 times the amount of data there is today. http://pimcoach.com/
In the “2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup/ Recovery Software,” Gartner forecasts that by 2016, one-third of organizations will change backup vendors due to frustration over cost, complexity and/or capability; and “By 2015, at least 25% of large enterprises will have given up on conventional backup/recovery software, and will employ snapshot and replication techniques instead.”
CONCLUSION 1: Major corporations are making decisions about you and your data without your knowledge, consent, or best interests in mind.
CONCLUSION 2: Individuals must manage their own data, or suffer the consequences of losing it.
How to manage and preserve your own data: snapshot and replication techniques
Call to action: Create and follow a back-up / disaster recovery plan for your personal information.
1.) Purchase two external high capacity disk drives. As large as you can afford.
2.) Attach both to your system. They should appear as separate volumes.
3.) Back up all your information to both Volumes. Use encryption if you are technology savvy enough to figure out how to. You now have 3 copies of your data.
4.) Detach one of the Drives and move it to a secure remote site like a safety deposit box, a fireproof safe, or a trusted family members house. Somewhere where a natural disaster (Fire, flood, Earthquake etc..) will not effect both locations.
5.) Periodically perform a backup of your primary system on the local add-on drive. Retrieve the remote drive, copy your data to that drive also. Maintain three copies at all times. Working copy. Local back-up, and a remote copy.
6.) When a disaster strikes on your system…. Use the local back-up to recover.
7.) When a major disaster strikes and when both your primary and local copies are lost. You still have the remote copy to recover from.
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