Backing Up Your Files (A Cautionary Tale)

How often do you backup your computer? Weekly? Monthly? Whenever you think of it?? Never???

I can’t stress the importance of backing up your data enough! If you don’t put much stock into doing so, I’ll tell you a quick personal story that may change your mind. Several years ago, the hard drive in my personal laptop died. The majority of my digital photos resided on that hard drive, and existed nowhere else in the world. So when the laptop went, it took all those precious memories with it. I was devastated. So much so, that I paid a recovery company over $1,000 to recover as much of my lost data as possible. That was an expensive lesson to learn! And it was a mistake I will NEVER make again!

So these days I am diligent about backing up my data. For my personal computer, which I access pretty infrequently, I backup my files monthly. For my business, I backup my files weekly. I have a reminder that pops up in my email and on my phone every Friday, so once I’ve wrapped up my work for the week, the last thing I do before the weekend is run my backup.

Do you have a dismal computer-crash story like mine? Or one with a happier ending, where a backup saved your behind? Share your story in the comments below.