Importance of a Backup Hard Drive
When customers contact us for computer repair services, one of the first questions we ask is: “do you have a backup of your files?”
If the answer is yes, you have the wisdom of god and we commend you. However, if the answer is no, we cringe at the mere answer you had just provided.
Important files can be lost forever. How you might ask?
Computer viruses Some aggressive (and I mean aggressive) Spyware and Malware will cause for a complete reload of your system, and when happens, all data is lost. A complete reload will be like having a new computer—you start from scratch.
Hard drive failure Hard drives are bound to eventually fail, it is something you can expect. The average lifespan of a hard drive is between 2-5 years. Unless of course, you have an SSD (Solid State Drive) then of course the lifespan increases.
Physical damage Accidents happen. And no offense, but you especially know what I mean if you have kids! But not just kids, adults too, have accidents. Laptops just aren’t built to withstand drops or coffee spills—those components in your computer can get hurt.
Theft This one hits home for us, as our valuable business laptop got stolen in February of 2016. Curse those hooligans! But unfortunately, it happens (even if you own an IT company!). While I obtained the IP address of the suspects (yes you thieves, if you are reading this, I know where you live, I know your internet provider, I even know the upload/download speeds of your internet! Scary, isn’t it?). While the police and I are working on capturing the thieves, there really isn’t much you can do after the act has already been done. So all I can say is—I’m grateful we had a backup of our important files otherwise our business would have been completely devastated.
Have you gotten my point yet? Backup. Backup. Backup. And while you're at it, keep backups of your backups.
If you value what information is on your computer, it would be wise to take steps to protect your files from any damage. Having your files duplicated in another location is brilliancy. That way you are absolutely sure your important files are safe kept no matter what circumstance may happen. The safest way to backup your important files is through the use of multiple storage locations. Examples of these are: local onsite storage: external), and cloud storage. For example: Dropbox and OneDrive are great cloud storage applications giving you free storage space for your important files.