Do I Need a Data Backup?

Computer files are not like paper files. Paper files are tangible and barring any major disaster like flood or fire. They will remain relatively unchanged for many, many years.

Computer files are incredibly volatile. We take for granted that the pictures and videos we have will always be there. The truth is, they can be gone forever in a split second.

We’ve worked with hundreds of disaster recovery management. The common disasters that wipe out data are:

Power surges – computer files are made of charged electricity on spinning metal platters. Power surges can very quickly send spikes of heat into your hard drive, causing data corruption or loss and you just need data Solutions .

General drive failure – all drives have a life, just like a car engine won’t usually drive past 200,000 miles without trouble. Trips are made to last around three years, any more than that, and you are lucky. A 6-year old hard drive in a computer is a time bomb.

Viruses – viruses can wipe out your data in a flash. Usually, viruses look to crash your entire computer, making it unable to boot. Sometimes viruses themselves can malfunction and hit your drive accidentally.

If you lose data, can it be recovered, and at what cost?

When it’s corruption or deletion, it can usually be recovered with the necessary software. However, you must attempt recovery as soon as possible – if the computer runs after the data loss the window to recover begins to shorten quickly.

When it’s drive failure and power surges, the data is usually complicated to recover. In many cases, necessary software or local shops will not be able to recover data when it stops spinning, or a part inside wears out. You can send it out to large data recovery facilities for recovery, but it often costs $2000+ and is not guaranteed to get all the data.

Many techs offer a “No data no charge” policy. That seems right, and with due respect it’s fair – but be careful. Because you have lost data, the tech has nothing to lose. A failed attempt at recovering your data might be the only shot you get. Choose wisely.

However, wait! There’s something you can do proactively – GET A VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVER.

Common backup strategies are:

A USB flash drive that you occasionally copy all your important files to

An offsite backup service, like Carbonite or iBackup

An external hard drive connected to your computer where you manually (or through software) backup your files

Burning essential files to DVD or CD

Test your backups. DVD and CD media will degrade over the years. A 10-year-old DVD or CD will likely not play unless it has been kept cool and dry, and out of the heat. Likewise, external hard drives have a life of 3-5 years.

If it’s important, have multiple backups of the files. Always have one on your central computer, one on DVD or external drives, and one offsite if possible.

When you have your backup plan in place (and working), you can rest easy. When you don’t, you are one disaster away from a big headache!