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Original Post is here: http://lifehacker.com/theres-no-excuse-for-not-backing-up-your-computer-do-1547987206
At least once a month, some friend or family member asks me how to recover data from a failed hard drive. I help them as best I can, but in my head, my answer is always the same: “go back in time and back up your computer like you know you should’ve.”
This post was originally published on March 20th, 2014. We’re reposting it today in honor of World Backup Day. Spread the word!
When your computer’s hard drive fails, it can be gut-wrenching. At best, maybe you lost a really important presentation you were working on. At worst, maybe you’ve lost every photo of your kid’s childhood. Sometimes, you can recover that data yourself—but often, it’s gone forever (unless you want to pay a lot of money to get it back). Every hard drive fails one day. Backup service Backblaze says 50% fail after only four years. Save yourself the trouble and start backing up your computer now.
One Day, Your Hard Drive Will Fail It’s my firm belief that everyone will experience this at least once in their life. Maybe you accidentally erase your data, maybe you lose your computer, or maybe your hard drive just dies. It’s inevitable: one day you will lose all of your data. Many of you have probably already experienced this already. And those of you that haven’t...well, you just haven’t yet.
It’s a scary thought, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve experienced at least three catastrophic data losses in the past few years, but none of them were particularly stressful, because I was able to restore from a backup and keep on going.
Backing Up Isn’t Just for Tech Geeks Anymore What shocks me the most about these hard drive failures is that every single person I talk to--everyone—admits that they knew they should have been backing up. They just weren’t. They know what backup means, and they even know what an external hard drive is. They might even have one. They just seem to think they can “do it tomorrow” and keep pushing it back until one day, their hard drive inevitably craps out.
(If you’ve never heard of backups before, then I apologize for the slightly bitter and condescending tone of this rant. However, you should still heed these warnings.)
Everyone has something to lose. Maybe it’s family photos, maybe it’s important work materials, maybe it’s your finely crafted resume you worked so hard on. Backing up isn’t just for computer geeks with lots of complex data—it’s something each and every one of us needs.
Backing Up Is Easy: Just Set It and Forget It So now you know you should back up. All that’s left is to actually do it. Luckily, we have guides just for you. You have two choices when it comes to backup. You can:
Do It Today Convinced yet? If so, stop whatever you’re doing right now and put it on your to-do list. Got a free hour tonight? Do it tonight. Got a bit of free time this weekend? Skip the movies and set your first backup. The movies will still be there next weekend. This is not something you can afford to keep pushing back.
Most importantly, pass it on. If you already have a backup—or if you’re officially planning to do it soon—let your friends know how important it is and how easy it is. If you don’t, you’ll have to hear about it the next time they lose something important.