Why Backing Up Your Data Shouldn’t Wait
Sometimes, it takes losing everything to learn just how important it is to back up your computer’s data. There is nothing quite like that feeling of knowing all of your photos from your daughter’s first day home from the hospital after her birth (let alone the first five years of her life) are gone, or losing your entire digital portfolio of design work plus all of the content you’re currently working on for clients. Losing your data can be truly devastating, especially when much of our lives ?both personal and professional ?are digital.
Whether you’re on a cheaper machine or using the Mercedes of computers, every hard drive is bound to fail. Even those experienced in solving digital crimes won’t be able to get your data back. While some hard drive failures may seem to die gradually, others will die suddenly. Hard drives are not built to last forever, they will all die at some point and it’s just a matter of when.
You will need to purchase an external hard drive. While they may seem expensive, do your research on the best buy for your budget. You may find that you need to buy several external hard drives to store the amount of data you have on your computer. It also can’t hurt to have multiple backups of the same data, just to be safe. If your computer has a system for automatic backup, take advantage of that feature. You will only be doing yourself a favor.
In some cases, if your hard drive fails, there is a possibility your data can be retrieved. However, you do not want to rely on this uncertainty.
It is also important to mention that not only should you be concerned about your computer data, but if you have other devices such as an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or tablet device, the data on those devices can and should be backed up, too.
One thing that Apple has specifically implemented that is an alternative option for backup is using something known as “cloud storage.” Cloud storage stores data wirelessly that lives on the Web as opposed to a physical backup device. The benefit of cloud storage is that someone using this type of storage backup has access to their data from anywhere with an internet connection. If you really want to safe with storing your data, you may wish to consider both a cloud storage option as well as a physical backup onto a hard drive.