I had a hard drive crash on Monday. Crash and burn. Ah, but since I'm one of those people who backs up everything, all I lost was the time it took me to figure out what the heck was going on. After that, I just unplugged the dying drive, and switched over to the backup.
If ever there were a time for a hard drive to die, this is it. Thanks to Black Friday deals, I'm going to replace a $280 250 gig drive with a 1.5 terabyte drive for $150! Plus, I bought a 500 gig drive for $88. Now, my backup habits will get even better.
Yours should too.
Did I lock the door?
"Did I leave the iron on?
Wait a minute.
I don't even use my iron.
Did I remember to lock the damn door?"
These are the thoughts that go through my head when I leave my home.
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There are two simple truths when it comes to computers:
#1 - Eventually, all hard drives will fail, and they'll probably take all of your stuff with them to hard-drive-hell. Your photos. Your music. Your email. Your documents. Your sanity. All of it. Gone.
#2 - If you have to remember to back up your data, you'll eventually forget, and that will be the day your hard drive fails.
The trick is to create an automatic backup routine. Set it and forget it. If you have a Mac, it's really easy. Buy an extra hard drive and assign it to Time Machine (this video is kind of corny, but it shows how freaking cool of a concept Apple's Time Machine really is). Time Machine is as much about saving you from a crash as it is for saving you from yourself. Did you accidentally delete a file? Go back in time and find it on that external hard drive.
If, like me, you're paranoid about losing data, you can also buy an external hard drive to clone your other hard drives. I've been doing this for two years, and I wrote a how-to post last fall.
The truth is, I'm not really paranoid about losing data. By spending a little money, I know that I don't have to be paranoid.
(...did I leave the iron on?)
Consider giving yourself the gift of data security this holiday season. Here's what I just bought:
Another great option is to drop by Office Depot on Black Friday and pick up a 1 terabyte USB drive for $129. That's crazy cheap.
I love Black Friday!