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Slow Backups? Tips to Increase Speeds

By Arief Fatkhurozi 26 July, 2021

The importance of backing up your computer or smartphone so that you don't lose important files and information cannot be overemphasized. Especially in the field of business where the accumulated data becomes a kind of "property", it can be said that backup is indispensable.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of backing up your computer or smartphone. All your data, your files, your contacts, your photos, etc. are a vital part of your digital life. This is especially true in the business world where this accumulated data is a valuable asset, making backups a must.

However, when it comes to backups, there are those who say, "It takes too long for the backup to finish, and it's a pain..." Indeed, if you have a massive number of files on your computer, it can take a considerable amount of time, sometimes as much as half a day.

In this article, we will take a look at using the cloud to backup your data and ways to make that process easier and faster.


Cloud backup in Japan

According to a survey conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in 2020, the percentage of companies using cloud services has been increasing year by year. That year it reached 68.7% breaking down to 39.4% for "company-wide use" and 29.3% for "use in some offices or departments." Data backup accounted for 36.5% of cloud service usage, a further increase from 31.4% in 2019.

Cloud backup advantages

One of the biggest advantages of cloud backup is the lower installation costs compared to large, in-house storage devices. This is especially true for small or medium-sized businesses that do not have large budgets. In addition to the cost, cloud backup does not require an in-house professional staff to perform daily maintenance.

Even if a great deal of money and manpower is used to set up your own backup, this does not necessarily guarantee efficiency and reliability.

Technology is constantly changing, and it can be a struggle to stay up to date and secure from new threats. With cloud backup, on the other hand, you can rely on a professional company to monitor and maintain the latest backup infrastructure for you, thus ensuring high reliability and efficiency.

In addition, cloud backup is easily scalable. One major appeal is that you can choose the data capacity according to the scale of your business and then increase it as needed.

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Cloud backup disadvantages

One disadvantage of cloud backup is that everything happens through the Internet, which can result in bandwidth problems during busy times. One solution is to set the backup schedule outside of business hours. For example, with Cloudmatika Cloud Backup provided by, you can set the bandwidth to better manage speeds.

However, no matter when you schedule the backup, as long as it is dependent on an Internet connection and depending on the amount of data, it may take some time to backup and restore.

Different backup types and how to increase data transfer speeds

What can you do if your backups are slow and time-consuming? Here are some tips to improve backup speeds that you can implement immediately.

External HDD backup

One of the most common backup methods is to save everything to an external hard drive (HDD). In this case, there are two main ways to improve the speed.

The first option is to use a USB 3.0 compatible cable for the data transfer. USB 3.0 is a new USB standard that improves transfer speeds up to three times more than the conventional USB 2.0. However, this method requires that the computer, cable, and external HDD are all USB 3.0. compatible.

The second option is to use specialized file transfer software (not the default function of the operating system) that can increase speeds and reduce backup times even for older computers that do not support USB 3.0.

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Things to consider when choosing a cloud backup service

Due to the current global situation, more and more companies are turning to cloud backup. However, backup speeds depend largely on the cloud service used, making it very important to choose the right service. In order to choose a service with the best backup speeds based on your needs, we recommend that you compare the following points:


  • Backup method

There are three main methods to protect your data using the cloud: full backup, differential backup, and incremental backup. Each of them will be explained in the next section below.

  • Server location

Uploading time can vary depending on how far or close the server is to you and your data. Even though your information is digital, it still has to be transferred to a data center that physically exists. Therefore, backups with a cloud service using Japan-based servers will be faster for clients in the same country as compared to services with overseas servers.

  • Data recovery restriction

Even if your cloud backup is fast, it is of little use if it requires a long time to restore your data. Some services enforce a certain limit on the download capacity or speed when restoring data, so make sure to fully understand any limitations when considering your options.

Backup type (full / incremental / differential)

There are several types of backups, and in the case of "Cloudmatika Cloud Backup" provided by Cloudmatika, you can choose the most suitable backup format according to your purpose.

With our default settings, the initial backup is a full backup with the second and subsequent backups being incremental backups. However, you can change the settings to "Always full," "Always incremental," or "Always differential."

  • Full backup

Just as it sounds, this is a complete backup of all the files on your computer. The first time you create a backup with Tsukaeru Cloud Backup, it will be a "full backup" and therefore will take the longest time.

  • Incremental backup

By default, creates an incremental backup for the second and subsequent backups. This method detects and backs up only those files that have changed or have been newly created since the last backup, whether it was a full or incremental backup. This significantly reduces the backup time compared to a full backup.

  • Differential backup

While similar to an incremental backup, a differential backup copies all of the files, new and old, that had been added or changed since the last full backup.  Because of the larger amount of data, a differential backup can take longer compared to an incremental backup.

With Cloudmatika Cloud Backup, you can also set the second and subsequent backups to be differential backups.

Cloudmatika Cloud Backup: Stress-free backup to protect your data

Backups often take time and effort and tend to be a hassle. It is recommended that you choose backup methods and services that are as stress-free as possible so that you can protect your data properly on a daily basis.

With " Cloudmatika Cloud Backup " provided by Cloudmatika, you can easily back up to a dedicated server in Jakarta with a simple setting of 5 minutes at the shortest. Of course, it supports the incremental backup method, which is excellent in terms of speed, and there is no speed limit or capacity limit at the time of restoration. If you are interested, please check it out!

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