The Importance of Backing Up!


Hard disk on fireGenerally I’m a big fan of the backup.  Here’s a fun little story…

Once upon a time, early in my career as an IT Manager I was not checking up on the backups.  One day I fielded several calls saying that the drive all of the company’s files I worked for was inaccessible.  I saunter over to the server room to find the drives had crashed on that particular server.  I checked out the backup situation and found that we did not have a valid backup on that server for the last 6 MONTHS!  This was EVERY file the company had!  I ran back to my office and had a good cry, thinking for sure I would be fired.  We took the drives down to a data recovery location and paid them $11,000 to retrieve the data on the drives.  ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!  Needless to say, after that day I was a BIG fan of backups.

While my data now isn’t quite as valuable as the company I used to work for, I still prefer to backup my computer frequently.  About 9 months ago my hard drive on my laptop failed.  I had recently had a good backup, and therefore did not miss a beat when the new hard drive came.  Today, I’m not quite as lucky.  My backups on my laptop have been failing recently, and I knew it was because the hard drive was failing.  I’ve been trying and trying to get a good backup before I upgrade my laptop to Windows 7, so I could easily roll back if it went sideways, but after running some diagnostics, and trying several different backup programs it was not meant to be.  My new hard drive will come this week, and luckily I was able to at least backup all of my documents, videos, pictures, music, etc.

The up-side is that I will be able to start with a clean install of Windows 7… and I just love having no traces of Vista left on my computer.  The downside is that once the hard drive comes, I’ll be spending the day reinstalling all of my programs and transferring my files back instead of the computer doing all the work for me.

Do yourself a favor and BACK UP TODAY!!!!  A great website to help you do so is www.safecopybackup.com


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