Backing up your Data is it that Important?
It is almost as important as admitting it can happen to you and realizing that no one is exempt from Hard Drive Failure & Data Loss! Unfortunately for most people recognizing the cost of data loss usually happens when disaster strikes and it is too late and they are faced with having very costly Data Recovery Performed or facing Days if not weeks of trying to get back the Data they had stored on their Hard Drive if they can get it back at all.
Most people don’t realize how much they have invested into the data on their hard drive. Forget about the obvious things like Financial data (Receivables, Payables, and Tax Information), which we know would be disastrous to lose. Instead think about the man-hours re-installing the base software on your computer, reconfiguring your environment to suit your preferences again. Lets also talk about the not so obvious things that are also a very big deal for most people, Losing your e-mail addresses, Important Emails and Internet bookmarks, Office and Word Documents, Pictures of your Son or Daughter’s Wedding Family Movies of trips you went on and the list goes on and on.
How much is your time worth to you and what kind of Expense are you really looking at to get these all of these things back? Data loss is not a very forgiving topic and it can happen to anyone at any time and come in a variety of ways.. Let’s look at some of the most common examples of a Typical Data Loss scenario, Hard Drive & Registry Corruption, Viruses, Worms, Trojans and Malware, End User Error, Windows Blue Screen of Death, Physical Hard Drive Failure, even a Failing Stick of Memory or a Faulty Power Supply can ultimately lead to Hard drive Corruption and render your Operating System and Data useless and inaccessible.
The Reality of not having a Data Backup Strategy in Place
Without a Proper Data Backup Strategy Implemented and in place with Full and Incremental Data Backups performed regally, getting up and going again could easily cost you several days of productivity and run you thousands of Dollars in Data Recovery if you are faced with Physical Hard Drive Failure that needs to be sent to a Lab to have the Data Recovery Performed.
What is important to stress it that having a “regular” data backup does not need to be painful or expensive. Current technology has made the even the largest hard drives accessible and within a reasonable Price range for the average consumer or Business Owner, Zip,Jazz, DVD, tape and True Dedicated Hardware Raid Controller Solutions are all within the reach of even a modest budget. Even though the question of which of these items are appropriate for your data backup needs and budget will depend on your particular circumstances, but the overall need for data backup is not.