Your business is in a bind. A disaster has struck, and you need to get back up and running as soon as possible. You’ve got a few options: You can throw money at the problem or wait for your IT department to make their way through the crisis and fix everything up again. However, that’s not always going to work out so well—especially if something goes wrong during this time period. In these cases, it’s usually best if you prepare ahead of time for any issues that may arise during an emergency situation like this one (you know…just in case).

Why You Need Both Backup and Disaster Recovery

When you think of backup, it’s probably a single file that you’re backing up. But there’s more to it than that.

In reality, a backup is nothing more than an exact copy of your data on another device or location—a duplicate that can be restored when something goes wrong (or if the original disappears). This may seem like the simplest thing in the world, but if your system crashes in some way, then so does all of its contents. That means any files stored on drives like USB flash drives could potentially be lost forever; even worse? All those precious memories could go along with them!

The good news is backups exist as well as disaster recovery management plans do! And while they look similar at first glance (and both will work well for most businesses), there are differences between these two types of strategies when it comes down to protecting against major disasters such as fires or floods etcetera…

Backup Protection

Backup protection is about protecting your data from all the types of threats that can affect it. Backups are a vital part of disaster recovery because they help you recover from any kind of loss, including natural disasters and cyber-attacks.

A backup does not just protect your data; it also gives you peace of mind. You don’t have to worry about whether or not there will be another chance for you to get back everything that was lost in the first place.

Backup Disaster Recovery Plans

Backup disaster recovery plans are about protecting your organization as a whole. They should be created before you even start planning for backups, because they’re one of the key pieces that will help you stay in business and keep your data safe during disasters. A backup disaster recovery plan can include:

  • How often backups will be taken (e.g., daily, weekly)
  • Where backups will be stored (e.g., offsite)
  • How long each backup lasts before it needs to be deleted or replaced

The Difference Between Backups and Disaster Recovery

Backups are used to recover files and folders, while disaster recovery is used to get back your entire system.

Backups are good for restoring lost data, but they aren’t enough to protect your business from a disaster. Disaster recovery plans can be very expensive, so it’s important that you do not rely on them alone as your only protection against disasters like fire or flood.

What Is Backup?

A backup is a copy of all your data. The purpose of a backup is to get you back in business after an unexpected event or problem occurs. When you have a problem with your computer, it’s best to have more than one copy of all the files that make up your system so that if something goes wrong, like losing power or crashing due to virus attacks (which we’ll talk about later), then at least one copy remains intact and can be accessed easily by people who need access to them.

Backups are done manually or automatically depending on how much time and effort they take up each day; but there are some things that everyone should know about backups:

  • Manual backups happen when someone takes their own steps by loading files onto CDs/ DVDs etc., then storing these somewhere safe until such time as they might need them again later.* Automatic backups happen when computers automatically upload information from hard drives onto remote servers via cloud storage services such as Dropbox or Google Drive.* Online services like Amazon S3 provide unlimited space for storing large amounts of data over long periods without having any cost associated with maintaining those resources – this makes sense since most businesses cannot afford expensive hardware infrastructure which could be used instead for other purposes instead!

What Is Disaster Recovery (DR)?

Disaster recovery (DR) is a process that allows you to recover from an unexpected disruption. The goal of DR is to keep your business running as normal after an adverse event occurs, such as:

  • A natural disaster such as flooding or fire
  • An attack by hackers and cybercriminals

Backup can fill in for a few missing files when needed, but disaster recovery plans are about protecting your organization as a whole.

Backup can fill in for a few missing files when needed, but disaster recovery plans are about protecting your organization as a whole.

Backup protects against data loss and DR protects against downtime. The difference between the two is that backup protects specific threats (e.g., ransomware), while DR aims to prevent all types of threats—including those that might be present in the future (e.g., GDPR).


Backup and disaster recovery are two different things, but they both serve the same purpose. Backup is about protecting your data from being lost and replaced with another copy of it. Disaster recovery is about protecting your organization’s operations from harm caused by a disaster or emergency. As you can see from the above examples, both backups and DR plans are important to any business owner who wants their business up running at full speed after an incident like flooding, fire damage or other natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes).

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.