Windows 8 Vs. Traditional Cloud Data Backup

The shift of information storage to digital data has increased the importance of maintaining a complete backup in the event of any mishap. Of course, the backup and restore option in Windows has been allowing users to restore the state of their system to a particular state but backing up complete data and the state of a certain business application was not possible. Windows 8 now provides backup options for applications and data to restore the updated state of the system even if it breaks down completely.

The Detailed Process of Windows 8 Backup

Unlike the previous Windows 7, Windows 8 offers exclusive graphics to display the System Image Recovery Option for keeping your system data safe.

Step 1: Searching for the Backup Option

Some users might feel disappointed in finding the ‘System Image’ option this exact phrase does not exist in Windows 8. The option that exists here is “File History”.

Click on the “Turn on” button to return to the traditional System Image recovery option as in Windows 7. But it clearly appears that the system images will not continue to be so successful in the Windows world. Who knows what Windows 9 and 10 might come up with?

Step 2: Reaching the ‘Windows 7 Recovery Option’ in Windows 8

When you turn on the above option, on the bottom left corner of the screen, you will notice “Windows 7 File Recovery” option. On clicking it, you will be directed to the System Image creation page.

Step 3: Know what System Image Means

On the left corner of the above screen, you can notice “Create a system image”. This feature of Windows enables its users to restore your complete system data to an external device like hard drive, DVD or pen drive. You can also create backup on some remote location.

Step 4: Know Your Options from Here

After you select the location of storage, it is a do or die situation as you will have all your data or none of it. Restore of certain files is not a possibility here. To avoid this situation, it would be better if you choose “Set up backup” option in Step 2 and then proceed with the creation of System Image. Going back to that option, you may select “Let Windows Choose”.

Step 5: Set Up Location for Data Backup Storage

This backup option can attain backup just one time in a day while the File History option in Windows 8 allows the users to back their data in every 10 minutes or 1 hour.

The Detailed Process of Traditional Cloud Backup

When there are such options available with Windows, why do people consider cloud backup operations? There are some Windows 8 questions that are yet unanswered.

Is It Really Worth the Effort?

Windows 8 allows complete storage of data on an external device. This data may include the state of applications running on this operating system. Just in case Windows crashes or the OS is unable to load your files, you will have that data on your hard disk. Restoring the last backed state of the system might not always be beneficial. Backing up entire data kills considerable amount of time and involves a lot of effort and perhaps, considerable technical expertise. With this, there is a possibility that you might end up spending more than what you can otherwise spend on cloud usage.

With cloud backup, it is quite simple to have all your applications and data stored and running on some remote server that is set up securely and is operational 24×7. This keeps you independent of device. Even if your computer system fails, you can simply open another computer, set up the Remote Desktop Connection with your remote server and start operating your applications. Since these providers hold a brand that the users trust, they ensure the highest levels of security and complete compliance with Government standards. So, you can rest assured with the safety of your data on the cloud. Moreover, each server data is backed on some other remote server which can save your data even from the worst of calamities.

Given a choice, “Prevention is better than Cure” and thus, Cloud Backup seems more effective as compared to DIY Windows 8 backup.

Is Your Data Really Secured with This Backup Option?

If you feel the need to store a certain amount of data, this shows that your data is important to you. Amongst all the data, there must be some data that is quite confidential. Do you think creating a copy of this data and storing it on some easily accessible external device is free from vulnerabilities? Thinking about the possibilities, anyone can gain access to your hard drive or pen drive and can go through the information that you otherwise secure through a series of passwords.

Cloud hosting environments are configured with firewalls, encryption, Government compliances, intrusion detection systems and various security measures at data centers. So, you need to worry about the storage or backup of your data on a remote machine. Even if the system goes down due to some reason, the service provider will set it up for you.

Despite the fact that Windows 8 is offering backup, cloud still has its advantages.

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By Aditi Tyagi

Aditi Tyagi, Editor-in-chief at MyRealData loves to write about QuickBooks Hosting and her keyboards spend most of the time in describing how cloud hosting is changing the way accountants and other business professionals work. When she is not writing about the ‘cloud’, she spends her leisure time reading novels.