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How and Why Thou Shalt Back Up Thy Computer

Repent, for the End is Near!

Dear brothers and sisters, it has been revealed unto me that the end is nigh. I have received a revelation, dear flock, of countless hard drives -- yea, as numerous as the stars in the sky -- all falling from grace and failing, their data forever cast into the pit of perdition, never to be recovered. And there shall be much weeping when that day comes -- yea, such weeping as has not been heard since the release of Windows Me.

Yes, dear flock, the end is near, and no one knows the day or time. But it will come. It has been revealed to me because I'm the Backup Nut. That's what my friends, colleagues, and clients call me -- the Backup Nut -- and verily, I'll own that. You can even call me the Backup Fanatic, or the Backup Evangelist.

Why? Because I'm constantly preaching backup with the zeal of a revival preacher, usually to people who don't want to listen until it's too late. "Too expensive," they say, or "I don't have anything important on my computer." To those lost sinners I say, "Repent, for the end is near! It's not a question of if you will suffer a data loss event. It's a matter of when.

That's why I verily say unto thee that you can never have too many backups. That, dear brothers and sisters, is the Second Commandment of Backup.

 

"But I have nothing important to back up."

I can't tell you how many calls I've gotten from people who walked blissfully through the valley of ignorance -- believing they "had nothing important" on their computers -- until that fateful day when their computers crashed. And only then it was revealed unto them that they really did have important stuff on their computers, such as:

 

The Three Commandments of Backup

Dear flock, it has been revealed unto the Backup Nut that there are Three Commandments of Backup which must be obeyed to avoid your data passing from this earth into eternal loss and perdition. I exhort you to heed these commandments so that your data's life may be long upon this earth.

The First Commandment of Backup

The First Commandment of Backup is verily a simple one, and that is to Always Back Up your Data, using the methods that make the most sense in your particular situation, glory be.

The Second Commandment of Backup

The Second Commandment of Backup is that You Can Never Have Too Many Backups. Verily I say unto you that in all my days providing computer support to clients, I have never heard one of them utter the words, "Gee, I wish we didn't have so many good backups to choose from." Those words have never been uttered by mortal man (or woman) because as sure as I'm the Backup Nut, you can never have too many backups. To even suggest that you can is heresy.

The Third Commandment of Backup

The Third Commandment of Backup is to Always Test Your Backup Solution Before Disaster Strikes. Don't simply trust that your backup solution will work. Test it in advance by performing an actual recovery after you set it up, and test it again periodically thereafter.

 

He who Sows Negligence Will Reap Big Bills for Recovery

With data protection, as with most of life in general, we reap what we sow; and if we neglect to backup our data now, we will have to pay for data recovery when -- not if -- we experience a data loss. Because if there's anything I've learned in all my years in Information Technology it's that data loss is inevitable.

When a hard drive fails and the user has no backup, dear brothers and sisters, in most cases the drive has to be sent to a company with a "clean room," where the failed parts are replaced, and the data recovery company tries to recover the data. In most cases, the cost to do this exceeds a thousand dollars, glory be, and it can cost even more if the drive is badly damaged. Verily, dear brothers and sisters, this is what I prophecy for you if you don't back up your data in advance. It's just a matter of time until data loss happens to any of us.

Because it has been revealed to me that the future is dark for those who neglect to protect their data today, it is my mission and calling to preach Backup to those who still stumble in the dark, lest their data perish on that great and terrible day. That's why I've established this site as my online pulpit to preach the truth of Backup to those who still don't believe, in the hope of saving their data when that dark and dreadful time comes upon them.

From this pulpit I will preach, teach, exhort, and expound upon Backup. If you listen, you'll learn things like:

Dearly beloved, it's not too late to repent. If you've been putting off setting up a comprehensive backup plan for your computers, then glory be, consider this your altar call and come to the light. It's not too late, dear brothers and sisters. But some day it will be.

 

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