I had dinner with a friend recently and heard a horror story about a potential loss of data. If you don’t take your data backup seriously now, maybe this story will make you rethink your current strategy.
A backup strategy was in place, but somewhere along the line the backup drive failed and more than ten years of designs for clients was gone! There was only one real option and that was to send the drive off to recovery specialists. The cost? More than $3000 with no guarantee than any of the data could be recovered. Read that price again when you don’t think backup is important.
While there is no guarantee, the recovery specialists are pretty darned good and I’m guessing they’ll be able to recover the majority of the data. In the short term, some projects have to be redone to meet deadlines and the clients can’t be charged again. That leads to a lot of lost time in addition to the time trying to deal with the recovery effort.
I hope you fully understand the huge amount of time and money that is involved should a hard drive fail without a working backup. So doesn’t it make sense to spend a little bit of money and time now to put in a good backup plan to prevent such a disaster? I wrote a post last year describing a good backup plan entitled Setting Up a Computer From Scratch – Part 4 – The Data and Backup. I also did a post this year, Store Downloaded Software and Serial Numbers in a Safe Place with even more tips. Don’t wait to implement a plan. If you do, your wallet could pay the price when your data disappears!