One of my good friends Chris Breeden runs the blog The Modern Guy, and this week has an excellent article on why you should make sure you’re backing up your computer, right now. As in a, “no excuses, here’s how to do it, why aren’t you doing it yet” kind of piece.
The fact of the matter is that hard drives fail – frequently. The drive that’s the heart of your computer right now will likely fail long before you have the opportunity to migrate all of your data off of it, so make sure you have good, solid, active backups at all times.
So how do you do that? Well, that’s where Chris comes in. He has some suggestions on finding good ways to back up your data both on-site and off-site, and why you really shouldn’t just rely on a second hard drive inside the same computer for all of your precious data.
Seriously: read it, work on your own personal backup plan, and put it in place. I’ve been neglecting this task for too long myself, and I don’t even want to think about the inevitable day when my primary hard drive dies. Will I be happy that I have everything important to me somewhere else, or will I be dismayed that all of my photos, documents, and videos are gone? If I have any say in it, it’ll be the former.