Monday, September 21, 2020

Nowadays, we are all guilty of taking technology for granted. You are now so used to it just being there that you use it without a second thought. Give this a try, tomorrow, the day after, maybe sometime this weekend, go 1 full day without using any 'technology.' No cell phone, no email, no facebook, no Netflix, just for one day. No, I am not saying you use them too much, hell, I am just as guilty of it as the next person. But, what it will do is put your dependence on them in perspective.

I say that to lead into this, when was the last time you backed up your email, or your collection of family photos on your computer, or your game saves for those of you that are gamers? Did you know that the average lifetime of a hard drive in a computer is only 1-2 years? Did you know that all it can take is 1 power outage/electrical storm or 1 improper shutdown to corrupt your operating system so that it no longer starts up? How about, heaven for bid, you drop that amazing device you non-chalantly carry around every day (yeah your smart phone) in a puddle or the toilet. How many days...months...years...worth of pictures or text messages would you lose?

Every major Operating System has a built in backup method, but it needs to be turned on...configured...and it needs a place to back up to. Try my little expiriment, go a day without your tech, show yourself how much you will miss it if you lose it, then do the math. Recovering data from a broken or failed hard drive can potentially cost thousands of dollars. Some places will quote you around $1000 and if you read the fine print it will include things like as long as its not too damaged or what we are able to recover, so even at $1000 theres no guarantee you will get all or any of your pictures and emails and other private information back. Other places charge by the gigabyte, which can end up being even more expensive.

Allow a moment for me to put this in perspective, I will be the first to admit, I used to download music like it was going out of style, I ran out of space, so I grabbed another hard drive to add to my pc. Installed it...booted up...ran beautiful...moved all of my music over to it, somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or 60gigabytes of mp3s. About 30 days later that hard drive just...stopped working. All of that data lost, the company, who's name I won't mention, told me 'Oh, we are sorry about that, we will send you a replacement drive,' however, that data was gone forever. Had i had a backup, I would have been fine but i figured, it's brand new, no hurry. Lesson learned. Just last week, one of my 1 terabyte drives in my PC died, it was about 2 years old. Luckily for me Windows recognized the failure signs and notified me so I was able to move all of that data, but this isn't always the case.

When you are ready, give me a call, send me a text (include your name if you go the text route), or toss me an email. We can discuss the many backup options that are available, and what we can do to get one or more set up for you.


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