There are lots of options if you're looking to make a backup — burning to DVD, copying to a USB key, pushing everything into the cloud — but it seems that Australians are particularly keen on external hard drives.
"For some reason in Australia, we see the largest quantity of external hard drives," said Adrian Briscoe, local managing director for Kroll Ontrack, which performs recovery services when drives go bad. I'd hazard a guess that slow connection speeds and data caps are one reason why cloud-based solutions aren't more popular; a more cynical view would be that external powered drives are more likely to be treated harshly and go wrong.
The importance of backup does appear to be sinking in, however. A survey of 300 Australian businesses commissioned by Kroll Ontrack found that the majority do have reasonable backup processes in place, with only 11% backing up less frequently than once a week.
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