2. How valuable is your data? The more valuable your data is, the more often you should backup and move your backup media offsite.If you use data tape cartridges to backup your files, Imation recommends that you follow a monthly 10 tape backup rotation; however more or fewer can be appropriate. 1. Label your tapes one through 10. 3. Use a new tape (tapes five through seven) for each of the first three Fridays of the month for weekly backups. 4. Use tapes eight through 10 on the last Friday for a monthly backup, rotating these each month. Then store the weekly and monthly tapes at a secure offsite location as insurance against physical threats to your place of business. (For examples of other backup plans, including a three tape and a six tape backup plan, see " Backup basics: Three backup plans.") You can follow similar plans with CDs or DVDs. You'll want to use rewritable media such as CD-RW, DVD+/-RW, and DVD-RAM discs for daily incremental or differential backups. Then use permanent discs, such as CD-Rs, DVD+/-Rs for archiving weekly and monthly backups. Regardless of what plan you follow, following a plan is the first step -- regular evaluation and testing of your ability to restore will make your data more secure. Handle with care To keep your files safe so that you can get them when you need them, handle data cartridges and optical discs with proper care using the tips below. Data cartridge care tips
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