Just a re­minder – your data isn't per­ma­nent

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY MATT BENT­LEY Waikato Home PC Sup­port

Iseem to get a call about once a month now in­volv­ing data re­cov­ery, so just a note to ev­ery­one who uses com­put­ers to do things: back up your data. If your data is im­por­tant to you, don't as­sume it is safe un­less it's backedup, be­cause:

• If you get a ran­somware virus, your data is gone (or at the least, ex­pen­sive to re­trieve).

• If the hard drive in­side your com­puter fails (me­dian life­time of most hard drives is about 6 years while 25% fail within the first 4 years), your data is gone.

• If the moth­er­board or power sup­ply in your com­puter fails, your data may be gone.

• If your op­er­at­ing sys­tem or com­puter mem­ory does some­thing un­ex­pected, your data may be gone.

• If you get a power spike/light­ning strike and it makes it past your power sup­ply, your data is gone.

• If you have a black­out/brownout, your data may be gone.

• If you ac­ci­den­tally delete your data, your data is gone.

• If some­one else deletes your data, your data is gone.

• If your com­puter is stolen, your data is gone.

• If some­one steps on the screen of your lap­top and it doesn't have an ex­ter­nal dis­play port, you're gonna have to pay some­one to re­trieve the data or your data is gone.

If your data is gone, your data is Gone. When data is gone it doesn't tend to come back much, if at all.

The eas­i­est way to make data 'not gone' is to back it up to an ex­ter­nal hard drive ($70 a ter­abyte nowa­days) us­ing a free backup pro­gram like the ones built into Mac OSX and Win­dows.

An­other method is to have your doc­u­ments in 'the cloud' (on­line on a server, some­where) us­ing Drop­box, Google Drive or OneDrive.

The best so­lu­tion is prob­a­bly to do both, but it de­pends on how im­por­tant your data is to you.

Be smart, be safe.

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