I cannot stress enough the importance of backing up your data. Recently I lost everything on my hard drive.
I got a new computer several months back and rather than take the time to download the software for my stand alone backup and create a backup copy I thought to myself ~ it’s a brand new computer and I’ll get to it ~ but here it is 5 months later and no backup. That was my mistake!
My daughter had a softball tournament and I wanted to bring my computer to work in between games and as time allowed. But to my dismay the worst happened the day we got there. My computer was running a little slow but I just thought it was the internet at the hotel but then I heard a clicking noise. At first I didn’t know it was the computer but it kept getting louder and louder. Then all of a sudden the screen went black! I had a sinking feeling in my gut.
The next morning I took it to be checked out and sure enough the hard drive was fried. And with no backup everything I’d worked on the past 5 months was lost, not to mention everything I’d purchased along with the software. I believe I will be able to get back most of the purchased items because I keep all my receipts but all the work is gone. The thing that makes me really sad though is I downloaded all of the pictures from my phone to my computer then deleted them from my phone. Over 1100 pictures were lost, many of them of my grandpa who passed away last October. That was heartbreaking.
I sent my computer off to the warranty company to replace the hard drive and in the meantime I’ve been checking out online back up options. I like the idea of the online backup that allows you to back up multiple devices. So, no more lost information for me. As soon as I get it back I’m getting the back up set up. I’m still checking out the options but by the time I get it back I will be ready.
Lessons are generally learned the hard way and this is a lesson not soon forgotten.