It always baffles me when I get yet another e-mail stating “my computer crashed and I lost…” It is so much easier to backup your computer than it was even a couple of years ago. Those e-mails just tell me the person didn’t care enough about their data to make any attempt to back it up.
When you don’t back up, you’ll pay even more. A friend recently had to take their MacBook in for repairs and was charged $250 to backup the data to a drive at the repair shop. They only keep the data for a month and then delete it. Ouch, that’s pricey!
Pictured here is a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External drive. I doubt many users have more than 2 TB of data that needs to be backed up so this should be more than enough. It currently sells for $109 which makes it less than half the cost of what that Mac repair shopped charged…and they didn’t even provide the data to the user for that price. I also strongly suggest you get a copy of the GoodSync utility as it makes it extremely easy to keep your data drive synched with a backup drive. Set it and forget it!
If you don’t care enough to backup your data, I won’t feel too sorry for you when it is gone.