I’m horrified by how many people do not even consider backing up their data on a regular basis as something they could do. Someone begs me for free tech support almost every day and I get asked about all kinds of crazy things. I don’t think that anyone has ever asked me to help them develop some sort of backup plan or strategy for them. Even after they lose all their stuff in some catastrophic HD failure, most people are reluctant to even talk about backup. The most common excuse is:
“Well… I don’t really have anything that important on this computer”
Bullshit! This is a blatant lie, and you know it. If it’s not, then don’t come crying to me next time your computer fails to boot. There was nothing important there, right? I’ll just boot Ghost and restore it from the image then – the system should be ready in 20 minutes.
But anyone who ever did tech support for clueless relatives or friends knows that there is always that sad story of stuff they really don’t want to lose. You always have to listen to whimpering, and sobbing about the precious vacation pictures, that video of uncle Bob that was taken 3 days before he passed away, all the irreplaceable emails and chat logs, that huge mp3 collection, all the saved games, the unfinished novel and etc. All of a sudden the unimportant shit, becomes very, very dear to your heart.
It seems that most people assume that backup is something that only paranoid geeks do. After all, if their computer fails, they can always bring it to the “computer guy” who will more often than not be able to recover all that unimportant shit. Try to convince them to set up some kind of a backup, and they look at you like you are crazy. After all it’s your job to do that – now you are just being fucking lazy, trying to make them do work now, so that you don’t have to do it next time their computer fails. Sigh…
It’s really sad. Especially when less than $200 for an external hard drive and 15-20 minutes of setup can buy you a piece of mind, and allow you to preserve all your unimportant garbage even if your primary hard drive dies a horrible death.
I’m not saying everyone should be running RAID-1 array, and have at least 2 external backup drives, and always keep one of them off site. That’s indeed an overkill for home use. But a single external drive of the same size as the one in your system, and a weekly backup script is not. That’s something that everyone should invest into.
Let me clear this once and for all: having a backup strategy doesn’t make you a geek. Reading this blog however, does. So now that you have read this post, and you are officially a geek, go and get that backup situation worked out. What may seem unimportant to you now, will become extremely important once you loose it.
[tags]backup, backing up, backup strategy, external hard drive, luser[/tags]