Backup - Do You or Don't You and Why?

For me, the topic that I've been asked about most often is... backup, backing up, backups... it doesn't really matter what you call it as long as you do it.

Backing up is the act of making a copy of your digital life: your business data, financial data, family photos, videos, emails... you know... the digital stuff that makes us who we are. "
I have a digital life, therefore I am."

For business, losing our data can mean going out of business. Read more about this on my Disaster Recovery page. On a personal level, the thought of losing family photos, videos, etc., well, that's just positively horrific. As a husband and father, I can't imagine losing my personal digital life... I'd find it harder to deal with that than losing my business's digital life.

Regardless of what the information IS that you deem valuable, backing up is a MUST DO. Without a backup (copy) of your digital life, it's only a matter of time before catastrophe strikes and you find yourself in one of the nastiest situations EVER. With storage devices, whether they are hard drives with moving parts or static memory without moving parts (e.g. USB sticks, tablet computers, camera cards, etc.), DVDs or CDs, there is always the possibility of the information we entrust to them being damaged and or lost completely. There's a very old saying in I.T.: "It's not IF a hard drive will fail, but WHEN?" In other words: it's not a question of WHETHER your computer's hard drive will fail, instead it's a question of WHEN will it fail?" Granted, today's static memory drives (the ones without moving parts like USB sticks, the memory of tablet computers, camera cards, etc.) are less likely to fail, but they too, do fail.

So, to my original question: Backup - do you or don't you and why? Click here or on the comment link at the bottom of this post and let me know your thoughts on this. I'll post the comments as they come in.

Until next time!
Bob


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