I'm not sure if I speak for everyone - but I'm sure that I speak…
I once heard a joke that went something like this: At the sunday church service, the preacher delivered a rousing sermon. The following week he delivered exactly the same sermon again. And he did the same thing for the next two weeks as well. At that time a couple of the church elders pulled him aside and asked if he realised that he was repeating his sermons. He replied: “yes … and I’m going to KEEP repeating them until people start to act on them!”
I feel a bit like that preacher every time I talk about backups. Over the past week I’ve had the following experiences:
- A failed external hard drive containing childhood photos was brought to me. It contains the only known copy of the files (ie “no backup). A professional data recovery firm will most likely be able to recover them, but at a cost of at least $800. A second drive that could have backed them up would have cost about $70. I would happily have kept an encrypted backup of them safe for free.
- A client’s high-end PC failed to boot following the automatic installation of an update. The data on the disk was fine, but the operating system was toast. I was able to backup the current data – restore the machine from a backup that was done two months ago – reapply subsequent updates – and then restore his data. Thanks to having a backup, he was up and running again about 24 hours later with no loss of data. He also purchased an additional 2TB drive for more backups!
- I’ve mentioned the need for backups to 2 new customers who haven’t lost data yet … no response.
This is a pattern that I’ve seen repeated over and over and over again over the past 40+ years I’ve been in business. Data loss occurs regularly from a variety of causes (drive failure – viruses – fire – earthquakes – lightning – finger trouble – malicious acts – theft – OS malfunction) (I’ve seen all of these — many more than once); Those with reliable backups are up and running again in anything from a few minutes to a few hours. Those without reliable backups invariably face a compromised outcome that involves some combination of (a) significant expense (b) significant delays (c) having to re-do work (d) having to accept that some precious memories are now gone forever.
Folks – seriously – it doesn’t have to be this way. Effective backups are trivial & inexpensive to do; start one before you go to bed – and it’ll be done when you wake up in the morning (they’re as boring to watch as grass growing or paint drying — so just start them and go do something else).
A couple of minutes of effort every month or so can prevent a lifetime of regret; it’s a no-brainer.
If you’d be in “deep doggy doo doo” if any of the above happened to you then – PLEASE – give me a call. I can even sort it remotely for you in most cases.
Please don’t make me the preacher who has to repeat himself! 🙂