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8/12/2015 – Back Up Your Files Before Terminating Your Server

Posted by Jamison on 12 08 2015.

Backing up files should be an integral part of your routine especially if you are dealing with large and complex data, but more importantly, if you are dealing with important business or personal matters.

 

I am confident with my computer and server.  Why do I still need to backup my files?

 

Backing up is sometimes disregarded by some users if the computer is not complicated or if the system is running on latest version.  Some also has a preconceived notion that the process itself is time consuming and would disrupt the server’s daily operations.

 

However, backing up files is like getting insurance for your car.  You never know when you will be hit by an ill-driver or when a natural disaster such as flood strikes, but it is a good choice to have another entity protect you from damages or the financial responsibilities connected with the repair.

 

If your computer crashes due to viruses…

Backing up files should be an integral part of your routine especially if you are dealing with large and complex data, but more importantly, if you are dealing with important business or personal matters.

 

I am confident with my computer and server.  Why do I still need to backup my files?

 

Backing up is sometimes disregarded by some users if the computer is not complicated or if the system is running on latest version.  Some also has a preconceived notion that the process itself is time consuming and would disrupt the server’s daily operations.

 

However, backing up files is like getting insurance for your car.  You never know when you will be hit by an ill-driver or when a natural disaster such as flood strikes, but it is a good choice to have another entity protect you from damages or the financial responsibilities connected with the repair.

 

If your computer crashes due to viruses or malware, you will certainly be happy that you have stored your files separately from the computer.  Bottomline, your mind will be at ease with the fact that all your files are available to restore once anything happens to your computer.  Now that you wish to terminate your server, you are confident that you can easily restore your important files.

 

Before backing up files, you might want to know if you can view your backup files.  Yes, the “File Backup Restore” section under the “Backups Manager” of your cPanel will display the folders that you backed up.

 

Below are some additional tips for backing up your files:

 

  • Aside from backing up in the system, it is always a good idea to use an external hard drive or storage medium. There are already other backup sources such as internet-based storage data warehouses but you should take precaution in uploading critical files particularly personal details of customers.
  • Consider backing up files on low-traffic hours to avoid disrupting customer operations. If you are running a shared server, take time to notify your customers on the scheduled system interruption.
  • To save effort and space, disregard backing up programs which you can reinstall using the original CDs or programs that can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s site.

 

Now that I terminated my server, how do I restore my files?

 

Follow the steps below to restore your files:

 

STEP 1: Log in to your cPanel.

 

STEP 2: Navigate to the “Backups Manager” Section and select the File Backup Restore icon.

 

STEP 3: A page will come up displaying the list of the available backup dates you can restore your files from.  Select the best version that will suit your needs and click “Browse.”

 

STEP 4: Choose the folders you want to restore and click “Restore Selected.”  You can further choose directories of a folder by clicking on the folder’s name.

 

STEP 5: The program will now replace your files with the backup files.  A confirmation message will display that restoration has been completed successfully.