We as users often overlook the fact that we store sometimes irreplaceable things on our computers. For some people, it's pictures of their children or grandchildren that they don't have anywhere else. For others, it's tax records or important financial documents. If you are someone who works primarily from a computer, than it's possible that all of your projects and work are stored on your computer.
Now imagine for a second that it's all gone...
This scenario is far from impossibility, and happens much more often than most people care to imagine. If your computer is not equipped with a solid state drive, the hard disk drive technology that is in the machine with all your data stored on it is a design that is now more than 32 years old, and is had to bear the load of reading and writing data at a high speed any time your machine is on. And even if you do have a solid state drive, while they are ten times more reliable, they are still not invincible.
When it comes to digital data storage, redundancy may be your best friend.
Backing up your data to a location that is not the computer itself is the only way to make sure that would still be reachable in the event that the computer itself were to fail catastrophically. Making a copy of your user data on an external hard drive is the most secure and effective way to keep your important files safe. Some users use programs that back up their data to the cloud, but the cloud is easily breached in most cases; just ask anyone affected by the iCloud leak. Some users choose to use a program that makes image files of their machines and backs them up to another location on the machine, but if you can't image back to the now dead machine, what good is that image? Furthermore, if the drive fails, it will take that image file and your data with it.
Some of us at Sandia Computers have learned this the hard way; we implore our customer's to get a drive and keep at least one if not multiple
copies of your data, and stored them in safe places.
Come on in and talk to a Sales Representative about the Backup Special we are running. External backup drives on sale; 5TB HDD's are 50% off while supplies last.