Saved My Family Photos

I was surfing the net when I came upon your website, and I starting learning more about backups and how to backup your data properly. It was a stroke of good luck, because just 3 weeks after I started backing up my data, my hard drive started making this weird noise, and died all of a sudden. The computer people that I sent my hard drive to tried to fix it but failed. Thankfully I still had my family photos backed up, and that’s the most important thing that was saved. I don’t know what I’d do without them, so thank you so much for providing all this information about how to backup data!

Mike Shannon,
Columbus, OH

You Should Back Up Your Data

backup data happy girlData backup is important on so many levels. Even if you’re a home user who only uses the computer for web browsing and email checking, data backup is still important. Think about the data that you’re interacting with on a daily basis – mail that you download to your computer, files that you save, digital photographs of places that you’ve visited and of your loved ones, and music that you listen to. Are these data backed up properly? If your computer were to crash and suffer from a hard drive error, or if your 5-year-old nephew were to spill milk over your computer, will you be able to bring back the data that you need?

Sobering Data Loss Statistics

6%
of PCs will have some data loss episode in a given year
$7.6 billion
was lost by Americans as a result of computer data loss
$7,500
is the cost of recovery of a simple hard drive, and is not guaranteed
60%
of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of losing their data