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 First Commandment of backup. I've never heard anyone say, "Dang, I wish we didn't have so many good backups to choose from." Glory be, those words have never been uttered by mortal man.

 

"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 Saddest Data Loss Cases

Perhaps the most heartbreaking data recovery calls that the Backup Nut has received, however, have been from people who lost irreplaceable photographs and videos of friends and loved ones, especially when those people had passed away.

Clients have told the Backup Nut, often in tears, that losing pictures and videos of their late relatives felt almost like mourning their deaths all over again. How terribly sad, especially considering that there are so many excellent and easy-to-use data backup solutions that provide safe and secure backup and storage.

Why lose memories? Back them up online.

Unfortunately, these people's data loss was their own fault. Why? Because the Backup Nut verily warned them long ago that some day, sooner or later, they would experience a data loss. It wasn't a question of if. It was a question of when. A failed hard drive, a virus, or any number of other evil events can cause data to perish; so verily you must prepare in advance by making good backups.

That's why the first time he meets his clients, the Backup Nut pleads with them to set up some sort of backup solution; and he repeats his sermon with the zeal of a preacher each time they meet.

Sadly, the Backup Nut's sermons all too often fall upon deaf ears and hardened wallets. "Too expensive," they say. "Nonsense," says the Backup Nut! "You can get unlimited online backup for a few bucks a month from Backblaze!"

But alas, "On many graves the headstones glisten, of those who heard but wouldn't listen;" and for failure to take a few easy steps and spend a few measly bucks to set up backups, many of these folks lost their data. Oh, surely most of them intended to set up backup. I believe that. But they never quite got around to it.

Verily I say unto you: The road to data loss is paved with good intentions! It's not enough to intend to implement a backup solution, dear brethren. You actually have to do it!

So, dear flock, I exhort you to listen to and heed the sage warnings of the Backup Nut. Otherwise come the judgment day, when your hard drive fails or ransomware strikes and your data is lost in the abyss, verily you'll have to fork over thousands of bucks for data recovery -- if it's even possible -- and on that day there will be great weeping and sorrow throughout the land.

 

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:

Dear children, 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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