Have you backed up your data lately? What would you do if you lost everything? Every single day files are lost, hard drives crash, computers are stolen, and viruses wreak havoc. World Backup Day was created to remind users like you to back-up your data, so that when disaster strikes, you are prepared. There is nothing worse than having critical business files or irreplaceable family photos deleted or destroyed without having any way to recover them.
March 31st is World Backup Day, so if you act now, you still have time to back-up your files.
Why Backup Your Files?
140,000 hard drives crash every week in the United States. The reality is, hard drives fail and data is lost every day. You can either be in the camp with those who protected their files by backing up their data, or you can fall into the camp of those who back up their data after experiencing a traumatic loss of irreplaceable files. With so many options to choose from, the decision should be easy. Just back that data up!
If that wasn’t enough of a reason to back up your data, and you are a business, consider this:
- 74% of organizations have experienced data loss at the workplace.
- 32% of organizations that have lost data take several days to recover and 16% never recover.
- 70% of small businesses reported that a single loss in data could have a significant and costly impact on the business.
- $15,000 per day is the estimated impact a disruption in technology resources can have on a small to medium-sized business.
Signs of a Corrupted Hard Drive
Now that you understand the importance of computer backup, you should know the signs of a corrupt hard drive. Please do not wait until you see signs that your hard drive is corrupt to back-up your data. That being said, if you see these warning signs and you have not done so already, please save yourself the frustration and immediately backup your data to prevent data loss.
- Irregular crashes that are increasing in frequency
- Error messages when performing simple tasks such as moving files
- Scrambled or changed files or folder names
- Extended wait times when opening files or folders
- Disappearing files or folders
- Audible grinding noise when your hard drive is retrieving information
Where to Back-up Your Data
If you are looking to back-up your data, the first thing you need to do is determine where you want to back-up your data to. While many users are enthusiastically embracing the cloud, best practices still call for both local and offsite back-up. We would recommend that if you are going to back-up to the cloud, that you also keep a local backup of your data. Another option, would be to backup locally, and then sync your back-up to the cloud.
If you do not already have a fail-safe data back-up plan in place, we would love to help you design one for your company. Please give us a call!!