Data Backups: The 3 Types of Data Backups You Should Know About

The safety of data assets is at the top of any list of priorities for businesses small and large. Data backups are an investment that no matter the cost initially will always be less than the cost to restore after a disaster.

With a restoration costing anywhere up to $70,000 in the most extreme cases, these data failures are no laughing matter, and having a plan set in place is essential.

Read on to learn the difference between each of the types of data backups and determine which will serve you best to protect your assets from any danger in the future. 

Three Types of Data Backups

The major differences between each of the types are the number of files included and how often the process is performed. 

Depending on how concerned you are with the safety of each change in information will dictate which methods you choose.


As expected from the name this is the largest and the most basic of the backup types. It is typically used for large data backups. 

It will take copies of all files, settings, applications, and any other items that are chosen on all drives existing in the system array for the business. With that, the backup size is incredibly large.

The benefit, of course, is that every data asset is accounted for.


Using this method backs up all files that have changed or been added since the last full run.

This is less time consuming than a full backup and still fairly thorough with the data it is protecting. 

They are also a much easier restore than the piecework of an incremental backup. 


This backup will save only the files that have changed or have been added after any type of backup has been performed, differential or full alike. 

Often these work as a quick, low space backup used as needed in between the times the larger backups are made. They provide a quick and easy option at the moment. 

The downside of using an incremental option is if there needs to be a large restore of back up information. Many need to be collectively restored and information essentially pieced back together.

Still, having trouble deciding? Let us help you out with a few suggestions and ideas. 

Offsite and Remote Backup

With offsite and onsite there are pros and cons to each and ultimately it comes down to the preference of the business owner which they choose. 

Pros of Onsite:

  • Immediate access to data
  • Lower cost
  • Internet connection is not needed to access data

Pros of Offsite:

  • Has the ability to be shared with a large number of locations
  • Accessible from any location via web or FTP client
  • Data will still be preserved in the event of unforeseen happenings (ex. damages or theft) to the business

Offsite has one major disadvantage beyond potential access delay, cost. The cost of upkeep is relatively high when compared to an onsite option. 

Many businesses chose to have a combination of the two because of these intertwined advantages. 

Keeping Data Safe From Disaster

To recover from the loss of assets and data it can run a business anywhere from $8,000 to $74,000. Depending on your size that could put you at risk of closure.

We can provide data backups that will protect against any disaster that would put essential information and resources at risk, a cost-effective solution at that.

Investing in such a service now will save thousands down the road and ensure the safety of all assets in your business. Contact us to see what we have to offer today!

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