Why are backups important?
Computers fill our life and our work. They faithfully accumulate our wedding pictures, our company's books, and the ceaseless emails we get and send. But, unless you back it up, all that data can be gone like a flash of lightning.
Backups protect you from hardware failure
Computers are more reliable than ever, so its easy to forget or put off backing up your data. We've all done it.
But, computer drives still fail, and usually they give no advance warning. One minute they're working fine, and the next minute they're toast.
And usually, when they fail, it's impossible (or very expensive) to get any data off of them.
Backups protect you from viruses
Some computer viruses will corrupt your data. Some computer viruses will bog your machine down so much that you can't login.
If you ever "lose" a computer to a virus, most technicians will advise you to wipe the drive clean and reinstall everything.
Backups can be a life-saver in these extreme cases.
Backups protect you from theft
Thieves are more likely to steal high-tech items such as your laptop or home computer. These items are in high demand and can be sold quickly and easily.
If you have backups, it's simple to restore your files to a new computer. Without backups, your honeymoon pictures may be gone forever.
Backups protect you from accidental deletion
Every computer has a Delete key, and sometimes it works too darn well.
Have the kids ever deleted things from the family computer so they could make room for the latest zombie killing game? You know, things like last year's tax filing or your Quicken folder.
Backups can let you save and organize the really important things, so you don't have to worry about what the zombie lovers might do with your data.
Backups protect you from fires, floods, and other disasters
We buy insurance for our homes and businesses, because disasters happen. Think of your backups as data insurance.
We don't like to think about what might happen, but good backups can make any disaster a little more survivable. All you'll have to do is setup a new computer and restore your backups.