Death & Taxes (& Hard Drive Failure)
It's amazing how many people still don’t back up their computers. Your hard drive is likely to contain irreplaceable precious family photos, documents, music, videos and emails. Imagine them all now – gone forever. What would you lose?
Let's clear up a few things:
ALL HARD DRIVES ARE DESTINED TO FAIL.
It’s just a matter of when. Some take many years, others fail much sooner, but it WILL happen.
A backup is a DUPLICATE COPY of your data to a SEPARATE location (NOT copied to the same drive).
If you MOVE (as opposed to COPY) your files to a backup drive, they are NOT backed up! They must exist in TWO places, not just the backup drive. Otherwise if the backup drive fails you’ve lost everything.
Installing a backup is easy. You can buy a USB backup drive for about £50 and copy your files onto it, or use a backup program to copy the files for you automatically, or better still, use an online backup such as Carbonite for approx £42 per year. Carbonite constantly backs up your files over the internet automatically, so you don’t have to remember to plug in your backup drive or start a backup. Also, if you’re unfortunate enough to be a victim of fire or theft, your online backup is still safe.
Install a backup and check it often. Nothing is certain but death, taxes & hard drive failure.