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The Data Fail Factor

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It can be stated as pure fact, that hard drive failures are now more common place, then they were ten years ago. With every business, government and personal household placing their entire lives in one digital format or another, failures are bound to happen and they happen to those who least expect it.

Another undeniable fact is the prevailing myth alot of folks believe, is that they have a long window of calm of not having to worry about backing up their data, simply because they have recently purchased a new computer, or any other device that stores information.

It is this false sense of security that leads most of us to utter and total despair when that new device suddenly is not responding as it should, and the reality that all of those irreplaceable pictures and documents stored within, could be lost forever.

Just the experience alone of running a computer business in Harrison County, I have personally seen many new devices fail, way before their prime, and thousands of memories taken with them. This experience alone prompts me to write this article, in the hope that someone will take heed of this advice, and act before it is to late.

In regards to backing up your data, I’m sure many of you have been bombarded by TV and radio ads about commercial grade data backup solutions that cost a monthly fee. Regardless of the price, there is a far cheaper and easier way to ensure that everything you have created, and everything that you hold dear, can be saved.

When on the prowl for a backup solution, price is almost always plays a huge factor.  Most will go for the cheapest solution for the most space, that being said, most go for a cheap flashdrive\thumbdrive from a large mega chain store. This is just yet another example of  ” YOU get what you pay for “.

Just because a new technological breakthrough hits the shelves, promising large data capacities, it does not mean you rush out and purchase them. Many of these items ( solid state hard drives, large capacity hard drives, large capacity thumbdrives ) have not had time to mature. Mature as in stability and reliability.  And they are notorious for frequent failures.

When on the hunt for a back up solution, you can find a stable, brand name EXTERNAL HARD DRIVEsolution between the $50 to $100+ range. Although this is pricier then the cost of disposable media, ie. CDs \ DVDs which only cost pennies, the promise of the external hard drive will allow you to back up thousands of cd’s worth of data, and faster then creating one cd after another.

Convenience is a major key factor for any data backup solution. For most individuals, if something is not easy and quick, there will be a big chance that they will not do it. Much like water finding the path of least resistance. External Hard Drives are the lords of the realm when it comes to ease of use and simplicity. Most are connected via a USB port ( which just about any computer within the past 10 years has ) and data can be saved to them, just as you would save a file to your own documents folder, or desktop for example. Even simple Copying and Pasting can ensure a secure backup of your data.

The catch about creating a back up of your important files, is the hope that you never have to use it. Personally I have a back up of all of the pictures I have taken digitally from my years before the Navy, to my third child’s fourth birthday.  Not only do I have a backup of those files which mean the most to me, but I have backups of the backups. Three to be exact.

This is about the only time I stand up and scream ” Redundancy! “  What do you think is a better, secure, sleep well at night plan? Make one copy of your important files, or multiple copies? I suppose it all depends on how attached you are, to your files.

Flashdrives\Thumbdrives are great, handy little devices, but by no means should they be used as your primary backup solution.

Perhaps your device is new, perhaps your one of the classic ” It won’t happen to me ” statistics, anything can happen. And anything that can happen will happen.  Now go back up your data.

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Larry Bertolino

Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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