Computers are more reliable than ever, so its easy to forget or put off backing up your data. However computer drives still fail, and usually they give no advance warning. One minute they’re working fine, and the next minute they’re toast.
When they fail, it’s almost impossible (or very expensive) to get any data off of them.
Some computer viruses or ransomware will corrupt or encrypt your data. Sometimes bogging your machine down so much that you can’t login. If you ever “lose” a computer to a virus, you often also lose access to your data until repaired. Backups can be a life-saver in these extreme cases.
Thieves are more likely to steal high-tech items such as your laptop or home computer. These items are in high demand and can be sold quickly and easily. If you have backups, it’s simple to restore your files to a new computer. Without backups, your honeymoon pictures may be gone forever.
Backups protect you from accidental deletion. Every computer has a Delete key, and sometimes it works too darn well. Have the kids ever deleted things from the family computer so they could make room for the latest zombie killing game? You know, things like last year’s tax filing or your MYOB folder?
Backups can let you save and organize the really important things, so you don’t have to worry about what the zombie lovers might do with your data.
Backups protect you from fires, floods, and other disasters. We buy insurance for our homes and businesses, because disasters happen. Think of your backups as data insurance.
We don’t like to think about what might happen, but good backups can make any disaster a little more survivable. All you’ll have to do is setup a new computer and restore your backups.