My computer’s hard drive crashed this week. Totally and completely shot. Disaster, right? Not really. At best it was a moment of panic followed by a bit of inconvenience followed by yet another expense in the non-stop flow of bills we all get to enjoy over the course of our lives.
And why was this not a calamity? Because I had a back up. And external hard drive that backed-up my worked every 24 hours.
To think about what could have been lost still freaks me out. However, no need for me to torture myself. I’d learned from the folly of others that to not back-up your goodies was to risk more than most people would ever want to risk.
An immense amount of family photos. More of my writing than I could even dare to list. Files, records, blah blah.
Today’s blog will end in a moment. Why? Because whatever time you might yet spend reading should be spent making sure that you have a back-up of all your computer files. The guy at the store showed me how the guts of a hard drive work. It’s a moving part perpetually in motion. We expect cars to break down. We expect appliances to go ka-put. Hard drives are in this category – they will break.
But that doesn’t mean you have to lose your data. Go back up your stuff.
Heck, I am going to make a back up of my back up. After all, one terabyte of memory is about 70 bucks.
Losing all my data: worth at least 300 times that to me.
May the inevitable breaking down of your hard-drive never cost you a price you do not want to pay.
The calamity that wasn’t: my advice, BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER!