We all know to back up our computers. Even so, I’d be willing to bet a large portion of people in this game don’t do so. I admit to being one of those lazy ass people. On Christmas Eve, at about 6:30 p.m., my laptop refused to boot.
Three incredibly hellish days later, when the stores finally re-opened, I was informed that my hard drive had failed and that only about 25 percent of it could be recovered.
Now, Santa didn’t completely hate me it seems – they were able to save most of my business files which would have undoubtedly been the biggest loss.
But, I still lost a lot… including every picture I’ve taken in the last five years, all of my downloaded music, my downloaded and personally recorded videos, every personal document I’ve ever written that wasn’t in the business files, any program I downloaded and didn’t have a disk copy of, all of my bookmarks and passwords and all of my daughter’s scanned artwork from her seven years of drawing them.
All of this could have been prevented had I taken the time to buy a external hard drive and back it my laptop up to it once a week (once I have files again, I plan to follow this procedure).
So please see this post as a public service announcement. Not only do I have to spend hours basically re-loading every file and program I utilize onto my computer, but I now only have one fourth of the data I did last week.
Back up your computer if you’re guilty of being lazy like me.
Pass this along to a friend you know is computing without protection.
Only *you* can prevent data loss.