Computers have become so commonplace, we often take them for granted. We use them to communicate at work, to friends and family, and even for entertainment purposes. But, we forget that they may contain important documents and files that need to be backed up. If you have ever lost an important document or precious photo because of a computer crash, you know how important backing up your computer can be.
Some people think that backups are only for computer geeks and nerds, but backups are important to everyone that owns a computer. Even if you have never had a problem with your computer, you still need to perform routine backups. A virus can attack your computer at any time and you can lose valuable information. You can even accidentally delete a file or it can become corrupted and if you do not have a backup, it is lost forever.
If one day, your hard drive is destroyed beyond repair, one of two things can happen. You can purchase a new hard drive for your computer, but it will be blank, except for maybe the system software. You will either suffer a great loss of everything – files, software, photos, music, etc. – you had on your computer. Or, if you were diligent in making backups, you will only have to reinstall everything from CDs or DVDs. While restoring everything is a slight annoyance, losing everything can be devastating. (more…)