- Tape Drives
- Optical Media
- Hard Drive Cloning and Imaging
- RAID Mirroring
- External Storage
- Network / Online Backup
- Flash Drives
- Creative Backup Solutions
Other Data Protection Considerations
How and Why Thou Shalt Back Up Thy Computer
The End is Near!
Dear brothers and sisters, it has been revealed unto me that the end is nigh. I have received a vision, dear flock, of countless hard drives -- yea, as numerous as the stars in the sky -- all falling from grace and failing, their data forever cast into the pit, never to be recovered.
And there shall be much weeping when that day comes -- such weeping as has not been heard since the release of Windows Me.
Yes, dear flock, the end is near, and no one knows the day or time. But it will come. It has been revealed to me because I'm the Backup Nut. That's what my friends, colleagues, and clients call me -- the Backup Nut -- and verily, I'll own that. You can even call me the Backup Fanatic, or the Backup Evangelist.
Why? Because I'm constantly preaching backup with the zeal of a revival preacher, usually to people who don't want to listen until it's too late. "Too expensive," they say, or "I don't have anything important on my computer."
Nonsense and heresy, I say unto thee. My motto is, "Verily, you can never have too many backups."
"But I have nothing important to back up."
I can't tell you how many calls I've gotten from people who walked blissfully through the valley of ignorance -- believing they "had nothing important" on their computers -- until that fateful day when their computers crashed. And then it was revealed unto them that they really did have important stuff on their computers, such as:
- Work-related documents
- School work (homework, book reports, essays, theses, dissertations, etc.)
- Tax and business records
- Insurance policies and bank statements
- Email and correspondence
- Addresses and phone numbers
- Family photographs and videos
- Internet favorites and bookmarks
- Logins for banks and other financial institutions
The Saddest Data Loss Cases
Perhaps the most heartbreaking data recovery calls that the Backup Nut has received have been from people who lost irreplaceable photographs and videos of friends and loved ones, especially when those people had passed away.
Clients have told the Backup Nut, in tears, that losing pictures and videos of their late relatives felt almost like mourning their deaths all over again. How terribly sad, especially considering that there are so many excellent and easy-to-use data backup solutions that provide safe and secure backup and storage.
Unfortunately, these people's data loss was their own fault. Why? Because the Backup Nut verily warned them long ago that some day, sooner or later, they would experience a data loss. It wasn't a question of "if." It was a question of "when." A failed hard drive, a virus, or any number of other evil events can cause data to perish; so verily you must prepare in advance by making good backups.
That's why the first time he meets his clients, the Backup Nut pleads with them to set up some sort of backup solution; and he repeats his sermon with the zeal of a preacher each time they meet.
Sadly, the Backup Nut's sermons all too often fall upon deaf ears and hardened wallets. "Too expensive," they say. "Nonsense," says the Backup Nut! "You can get unlimited online backup for less than four bucks a month from Backblaze!" he says. You can even download a free trial, and verily you won't even have to provide a credit card number, glory be
Alas, "On many graves the headstones glisten, of those who heard but wouldn't listen," and for failure to take a few easy steps to set up backups, many of these folks lost their data. Oh, surely most of them intended to set up backup. I believe that. But they never quite got around to it. Verily I say unto you: The road to data loss is paved with good intentions! It's not enough to intend to implement a backup solution, dear brethren. You actually have to do it!
So, dear flock, I exhort you to listen to and heed the warnings of the Backup Nut. Otherwise come the judgment day, when your hard drive fails and your data is lost in the abyss, verily you'll have to fork over thousands of bucks for data recovery; and on that day there will be great weeping and sorrow throughout the land.
He who Sows Negligence Will Reap Big Bills for Recovery
With data protection, as with most of life in general, we reap what we sow; and if we neglect to backup our data now, we will have to pay for data recovery when -- not if -- we experience a data loss. Because if there's anything I've learned in all my years in Information Technology it's that data loss is inevitable.
When a hard drive fails and the user has no backup, dear brothers and sisters, in most cases the drive has to be sent to a company with a "clean room," where the failed parts are replaced, and the data recovery company tries to recover the data. In most cases, the cost to do this exceeds a thousand dollars, glory be, and can cost even more if the drive is badly damaged.
Verily, dear brothers and sisters, this is what I prophecy for you if you don't back up your data in advance. It's just a matter of time until data loss happens to any of us. It's not a question of "if," dear flock. It's a matter of "when."
And because of this vision -- because it has been revealed to me that the future is dark for those who neglect to protect their data today -- it is my mission to preach Backup to those who still stumble in the dark, lest their data perish on that great and terrible day.
That's why I've established this site as my online pulpit to preach the truth of Backup to those who still don't believe, in the hope of saving their data when that dark and dreadful time comes upon them.
From this pulpit I will preach, teach, exhort, and expound upon Backup. If you listen, you'll learn things like:
- Why bother backing up your PC?
- Different backup strategies and their advantages and disadvantages
- Different types of backup media
- The best ways to back up your computer
- How to automate your backups
- The advantages of redundant backup solutions
Finally, I should point out this site is primarily intended for laymen, not I.T. professionals. Why? Because if you're a professional, you already know this stuff and don't need me telling you about it. The Backup Nut's flock are the sheep, not the shepherds; and my goal is to make backup understandable and available to the average person, not to delve into the finer points of doctrine.
So please don't bombard me with email debating esoteric points of backup philosophy. It may make for interesting conversation at a geekfest, but it's irrelevant and confusing to most of my flock. Thank you.