Today I got to deliver the bad news to another client. Brand new laptop with an unbootable drive, and I have been trying unsuccessfully all weekend to recover useful data from the failed hard drive. No luck. I called the client, who burst into tears when I asked if she had a backup of her files. No she did not have a backup.
Personally, I hate these calls. Considering how much of our work, life, and money is tied to these imperfect little machines, you would think people would do more to protect their data. “Oh, I can do it myself – I’ll back it up to a flash drive!!” No, actually you won’t, you’ll just think about it, or if you try it, you will find that 69 GB of files, pictures, music and movies will NOT fit on a 4 GB flash drive.
There are a couple of great online services that will back up unlimited amounts of your stuff or under $60 per year. Think of it as DATA INSURANCE. If you own a home, you are REQUIRED to carry insurance on that asset. Same for your AUTOMOBILE. These are much easier to replace than your pictures of that once-in-a-lifetime trip to France, or the trove of baby pictures and videos of your children.
You can call us for our recommendations, or to sign up with our online backup service, or to get help setting up the backup service of your choice. Please do it today. The tears you save will be your own.Share