Why Should I Backup My Files?

By: Joshua Volz

What's the least favorite thing that can happen to your computer? Is it a virus? Is it the hard drive crashing and loosing all of your important work files, personal photographs and music? Nobody imagines that this can happen to them. Most of the time, it doesn't happen. You go peacefully through your computer usage for years and then suddenly one morning you turn on your computer and it gives you the cryptic message: "No Operating System Found." Everyone needs to learn to backup their important files!

Businesses have known for some time that if they loose their data they are in real trouble. Stories of businesses closing their doors because they lost their important customer data or the source code to their software are not uncommon. in 2006 that lost data cost businesses billions of dollars. What do business file losses have to do with you? You have more important personal data on your computer than any business does when measured in sentimental value. Businesses don't have sentiment, so they only stand to lose huge sums of money. You stand to lose a piece of your personal history.

Nobody wants to believe it can happen. Most people don't backup their data. People are naturally collectors and this habit extends to your computer. You collect music you like, photos of your family or important work documents. Everyone should be backing up their important files.

This blog is about how and why people should backup their personal data. What's stopping people from backing up their data? I don't believe it is laziness, because people have gone to a lot of trouble to collect the files that are important to them on their computers. I believe that the more non-technical users simply don't known what to backup and how to do it easily. This blog will answer those questions.

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