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Are You Backing Up Your Data?

Posted September 3rd, 2012 by Mark with No Comments

Backup Q&A

Backup Q&A

Q:  Do you have data on your computer that you wouldn’t want to lose?

A:  Ok, that was a trick question – the answer, is of course, “Yes.”

So let’s move on.

Q:  What sort of things can happen that would cause you to lose your data?

A:  The hard disk on which your data lives can fail…sometimes without warning.  It’s a mechanical device that is very sensitive, and it can be damaged by heat, vibration, electrical surges, or it can just plain wear out.

A: Power outages common at this time of year, can damage your computer – especially if it is getting old.

A: A lightning strike on your house or close to you can cause a power surge that can take out your computer (and lots of other devices) in the blink of an eye.

A:  If you have a laptop, you might drop your computer.  A good hit in the right orientation can destroy a hard drive.

A:  You could get a virus that erases your data or encrypts all your files and then offers to sell you the decryption key at an exorbitant price.

A:  You can delete something important accidentally – I see this all the time.

A:  Someone you know and love can delete something important accidentally.

A:  Someone you used to know and love can delete something important not-so-accidentally.

You get the picture.  There are many, many ways to lose important data, but only one to save it.  BACKUP.  Then, BACKUP AGAIN.  Then, KEEP BACKING UP.

Q:  Why don’t most people backup their data?

A:  This is an easy one.  It’s too hard, and it takes too much time.

It’s human nature – even if you know a task is important, if it takes too much effort or is too time consuming, then you just never manage to find time for it.  Life intervenes and the task never seems to rise to the top of the priority list.

Q:  So – how do we fix that?

A:  Another easy one.  You make it EASY.   Even better, you AUTOMATE it so that you don’t have to do anything at all except check to make sure it’s working once in a while.

There are two main schools of backup – Online and Local.  Both have pros and cons but it is better to backup using any method than hold off because you are debating the relative merits of the available choices.

We can help you decide which method is best for you, based on your particular circumstance, then we can help you get set up so that your data is safeguarded.  The end result is that your data will be safe and you can sleep better at night.  Call us today to make an appointment!