Have you ever experienced a hard drive failure? Your data can typically be recovered from a failed hard drive. This is the story of Janet, a client who experienced her first hard drive failure last spring.
Simply put, the computer of Janet overheated. And Janet received a blue death screen. Following the blue screen, her computer was unable to boot. None of the standard troubleshooting techniques were effective. Therefore, the hard drive was sent to a data recovery firm. The company recovered 99 percent of Janet’s files, which is excellent news. The bad news is that she paid $2,692.50 for it. A routine data backup would have saved Janet a small fortune.
Now, consider the documents, spreadsheets, data files, music, images, and emails stored on your computer. Wow! Your data is what truly makes your computer indispensable. Your data is an indispensable asset for both your professional and personal life. Sadly, many individuals realize this only after a hard drive failure, virus, or natural disaster has destroyed their files.
There are numerous methods for backing up data. Windows computers include a backup component, but its installation may be required. Alternatively, you can simply burn your data to a DVD or CD. If you require real-time backup, you can upgrade your computer to support this feature. The most important thing is to remember to periodically back up your data. There are no strict rules for this, but it must occur at least monthly. Consider backing up your data weekly or even daily if you use your computer for business.
Once a backup has been created, it must be stored in a secure location. A properly stored backup provides a benefit for disaster recovery. You would want some distance between the computer and its backup in the unlikely event of a fire, flood, theft, or other catastrophe. You could store the backup of your routine data in another room of your home. If the data is sensitive, business-related, or irreplaceable, place it in a fireproof container. A fireproof box for your important documents and data can be purchased for several hundred dollars. If you simply desire a higher level of physical security, store the item in a bank safety deposit box.
A data backup routine will safeguard your data, provide disaster recovery, and could save you a lot of money. Periodically, remember to back up your data. In fact, go make a backup immediately.