Backup, Backup, Backup...
Every hard drive ever made will die, even the one in the computer you're using to read this blog right now. It's an unfortunate fact of life, some will die of old age, others may suffer an accidental demise like dropping your laptop or if your house gets flooded.
So many of our customers thought it couldn't happen to them... until it did. Easy preventative measures can save you hundreds of dollars or even thousands in the worst cases.
It's best to have two extra copies of your data. There is your main data, i.e. the one in your computer, this is the original not a copy. A secondary physical copy, i.e. a flash drive or external hard drive that is close at hand can insure that if something happens you have quick and easy access to the spare, but is not helpful if something happens to the physical location you are in. A third copy which is stored at a different secure location will fill in this gap. This last, often overlooked piece is finally gaining popularity as more and more companies are offering online or offsite data backup and storage.