What is continuous data protection
Continuous data protection (CDP), is also called real-time backup or continuous backup. It backups computer data by automatically saving a copy of every change made to that data. If anything bad happens to your computer, it enables data recovery back to any point in time.
People may confuse CDP with near CDP. True CDP does this every time a change is made, while near CDP does this at pre-set time intervals.
Continuous backup is regarded as an advanced pre-set time backup. The computer data will be saved automatically once there is a change made to it. Every copy of changes is guaranteed to be captured in real-time.
Also, CDP is different from traditional backup. It is not necessary to specify the point in time to recover from until ready to restore. While traditional backups only restore files and folders from the time the backup was made.
Is continuous data protection necessary?
Some people may ask: I already have a data backup or set up a scheme to create a data backup, is it still necessary to do continuous backup? The answer is of course yes.
As we all know that backup should be the most important thing for protecting data. However, data will be changed because of adding/deleting/changing files in some way. And it may be troublesome to backup new data again once data changes.
Of course, pre-set time intervals like one hour, daily, weekly backup may save you a lot of time and efforts. However, there are still some situations you cannot control.
Have you ever experienced the horror of data loss? For example, when you are writing an important report or making a PPT, suddenly power is down, and you do not save your document in time. Very often, pre-set time backup is not working at that moment.
You may have spent hours working on important documents and it is lost. If you have set CDP, data loss is not a problem anymore.
Therefore, for the sake of data protection, you should setup continuous data protection.
Continuous data protection software
It is a pity that Windows does not have this feature with its built-in tool. Therefore, you should find a continuous backup software. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a professional data backup software. Its real-time sync feature allows you to protect your data automatically. It is completely free to use.
AOMEI Backupper Standard provides "File Sync" feature to let you backup data and files in real-time without any cost. AOMEI Backupper could detect the changed files and synchronize the new added, modified or deleted files from the source to destination path automatically.
To some extent, real-time sync requires less space on disk than traditional backup. After that first snapshot, or initial replica, is complete, a backup manager continuously monitors changes to the data. Then, when you run a backup, only the files or blocks where information has changed will be saved.
Also, you can prevent data loss of current work with real-time sync feature.
How to set continuous backup to protect your most valuable data
Let’s see the detailed steps on how to set real time backup to protect your most valuable data.
Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, and launch the software.
Step 2: Click on Backup, and select File Sync.
Step3: Then you come to File Backup interface. click Add Folder under Step1 and select the file according to your specific needs. Then, select another location as the destination path at Step 2. And click Start Backup. A unique heading could be edited in the Task Name at the upper.
Step 4: click Schedule at the bottom and choose Real-time Sync option. Real-time sync features will detect the changes happens to the file or folder in the source directory, sync them in time and provide a safe data protection with real-time. Once the schedule is set up, click OK.
Step 5: It will bring you to the interface of File Sync. Click Start Sync to perform the operation and sync your file in time.
If you already have created a file sync, you can set real-time sync at backup management. Find the file sync you create before and click Advance, select Schedule Sync, and set Real-time under the General tab.
AOMEI Backupper Standard is an excellent continuous data protection application, with the help of it, you can automatically protect your data with just a few clicks.
With real-time sync by AOMEI Backupper, there are no backup schedules. AOMEI Backupper could detect the changed files and synchronize the new added, modified or deleted files from the source to destination path automatically.
When data is written to disk, it is also written to a second location, usually an external USB drive, a NAS or another computer over the network. You will always have a mirror copy of all your files.
Besides real-time sync, you can also do incremental and differential backup. And it supports Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista.