This Article is About
external hard drive
computer hard drive
playing sports
simple answer
new computer
nine months
six weeks
last time
digital camera
Do You Need To Backup Your Computer?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Do You Need to Backup Your Computer?

Do you really need to backup your computer?

Well, the simple answer is YES! Have you ever had a hard drive go bad on you? If you have, you will understand the need to backup your computer. If you haven't then you need to protect yourself before you do have one go bad.

About ten years ago I had my first hard drive go bad on me. I cried! My life was on that computer! Or so I thought! Since I work online and depend on my computer everyday I had all my files, bookmarks, passwords, websites, research I had done on niches, all my business stuff on that one computer. AND I lost it all! I mean all! the last time I had backed up my computer had been six or nine months before I lost my hard drive.

I didn't get in the habit of backing up my computer and so I lost everything. I had to hunt, beg, and borrow every bit of information I could find. It was miserable, right? Yes, absolutely miserable. I said that would NEVER happen to me again. I went out and got me an external hard drive along with a new computer hard drive, and I set everything up to make sure I did my backups regularly.

I got most of my information into my new computer and was ready to go.

I set up a schedule to do my backups and every time I did extensive work I would back that baby up! Oh, yeah, I wasn't going to be caught like that again. No way! I went along and as time went on I go "slack" on it. After all, I had a new hard drive in my computer it would be at least three or five years before that happened again! Right?, I was now backing up about once a month...then it was probably every six weeks or so, then uh, when did I do the last backup? Let's see. Check. Oh my, it's been six months. Get it done now!

Then as time went on I would remember, then forget, then be too lazy, or whatever and just didn't do it. My life was busy. My son was playing sports, growing fast, I would take pictures and of course, put them on my computer. We had a digital camera now so that was fun and I could email them to my family! YAY.

Yes, you guessed it, a few years later my hard drive died! Just plain ol' died! I was devastated! What in the world was I going to do? I had my backup, yes. I would get that and restore onto a new computer! Oh, yeah. I was going to be okay.

New Computer and Old Backup!

Okay, I have my old backup. I have my new computer! Ready to go! What? I haven't backed up for ten months? No way! I know there is a newer one on there. Nope...last time backed up, blah, blah, blah. Good grief! Well, I might as well take what I have. I restore what I have. Sad, but true, I lost some very valuable pictures. Because you know after I put them on my computer I delete them off the camera so I can take more.

This Time IS Going to Be Different!

The year is 2011. The month is May. Never again will this happen! Never, never, never! So I start the search for online backup services! I am going to get one and make sure it will automatically backup. I tried several for free. Most have free trials and some have benefits that others don't. You have to search out what is best for you and your applications. What you need, how much you need, etc.

Once you find the one you want then you may want to get a paid subscription because most of the free ones will only backup certain files and not all files. These subscriptions are cheap when you think of protecting all your files, pictures, software that you have installed on your computer, and everything you have been building if you are using your computer for business. You will get more storage space with a paid subscription too. If free is all you need then you can just use a free service.

Set it and forget it!

Question: Do you think you need to backup your computer?

Answer: YES!

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
WD My Passport External Hard Drive Review
Let me share my personal WD My Passport External hard drive review to you and tell more about the cool features of this cute back up. Among the Western Digital hard drives, this is my favorite. Let me tell you the reasons why. My Passport has tremendous features such as…
By: Xybertrix in  Computers and Technology  >  Hardware   Apr 08, 2012  
  Likes: 5

Home Safe Advantages
Having a safe in your home has several benefits that protect you and your family. Safes come in many types and sizes to give any homeowner or renter the right product for his needs. Consider some of the major advantages when deciding whether to purchase a safe. Protect Valuables Probably…
By: danny floyd in  Home Improvement  >  Security   Nov 28, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Back Up Your Files With Western Digital External Hard Drive 1 TB (terabytes)
It's important to have a back-up your files for PC, notebook or MAC, and one of the best techniques of backing up your data is with an external hard drive. People store lots of valuable files on their computer, files for example images, videos and also document, which they could…
By: Kent in  Computers and Technology  >  Hardware   Jun 07, 2011  
  Likes: 0

What is the Future Of Tablet Pc And Windows Tablet Computers?
Tablet pc’s the cross bread between a mobile phone and a laptop. They are taking the consumer market by storm. But what is the future of these amazing little gadgets? If you go back in time-line of technological development you will realise that as soon as something is developed or…
By: Hennie in  Computers and Technology   Oct 13, 2011  
  Likes: 5

Home Recording Studio Checklist
This is my home recording studio checklist. I used to go to different studios to record my music. When I would go there would be other people there finishing there recordings or just starting. I would see that some artists don't ever come to the studio prepared. They would come…
By: Dolph T. in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Dec 24, 2012  
  Likes: 0

What Makes Online Backup the Best Means Of Data Backup?
Data is a precious asset in today’s digital world. Losing important data can cost millions to companies and individuals to get back the lost data. Data recovery tools sometimes are not effective enough and data is lost forever. In such circumstances people desperately look for a secure data backup which…
By: Brooke M. Perry  in  Computers and Technology  >  Personal Tech   Jun 22, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Hard Drive Crash? You Need A Data Recovery Program
Do you own a computer, all of your files and pictures are on there, and now you are having hard drive problems. Your computer will basically not let you do anything, let alone, try to do any data recovery, so that you can retrieve your files and pictures. Many people…
By: Elaine Roger in  Computers and Technology  >  Data Recovery   May 28, 2011  
  Likes: 1

How to Speed Up Computer – 5 Ways to Improve Computer Performance
Unless proper and regular maintenance is undertaken, computer performance degrades through time. If you feel your computer is performing poorly or encountering continuous crash and freeze, you should stop your work and carry out some basic PC maintenance and cleaning. Computer slow performance is a collective effect of several factors…
By: Hawareyaw in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Feb 28, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Running And Lower Back Pain
Today I'm going to talk about having lower back pain when running. Now I'm no expert on this and you may need to see a doctor for an underlying condition you may have. I am just going to give you what I do and have done to help me with…
By: Steve37 in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Dec 08, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Watch the American Version Of Netflix In Moldova
Have you ever tried to use Netflix in Moldova? The simple answer is that you can't, at least not through normal methods. This means that you are left downloading illegal versions of movies or looking for local streaming sites, which quite simply are not up to par. There is a…
By: Sunny Walters in  Computers and Technology   Jun 25, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Going For Gold - Cool Niches In Hot Markets
We've always been told to follow your passions when we go niche hunting and to be totally honest doing so always produces your best writing, wouldn’t you agree? If Steve is a golfer who sets up a site on called “Clubs-I-Like” will have an endless stream of excitable writing to…
By: Tony B in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Sep 20, 2012  
  Likes: 2

What is Cryp1 Ransomware And How to Remove it
This is an article about a malicious program, which is called Cryp1. It is a virus that enters the user's computer, encrypts all the files that it can, and requires a ransom for their decryption. Such viruses are called ransomware, and are considered the most dangerous types of viruses. Their…
By: John137 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jun 08, 2016  
  Likes: 11

How to Download Icloud Backup File to PC
Most iPhone users prefer iCloud to backup their data on iPhone. iCloud works really well for most of iPhone users. However, do you know how to download iCloud backup files to your computer? In this article, I will show you how to download iCloud backup file to PC. You need…
By: alan smith in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jun 06, 2016  
  Likes: 1

Macbook Pro Blu - Ray Player Software - Play Blu - Ray Disc Or ISO Files on Macbook Pro
The Mac Pro (not to be confused with MacBook Pro) is an Intel Xeon-based workstation computer manufactured by Apple Inc. The Mac Pro, in most configurations, is the fastest computer that Apple offers, and is one of three desktop computers in the current Macintosh lineup, the other two being the…
By: JerryEdison001 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jun 04, 2016  
  Likes: 2

Digital Marketing Faridabad|seo Service Faridabad
Digital marketing is the latest way to grow our bussiness over the world. with digital marketing we can reach with our bussiness every corner of the world. so today we should know about digital marketing so that our bussiness can instant grow. we promote our website on search engines like…
By: kapil sharma1 in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Jun 02, 2016  
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 2247    Report this Article