Backup Your Data Beat the Hard Drive Crash Blues

Losing your laptop/tablet/smartphone is only slightly worse than a crashed hard drive.  The former requires you purchasing new hardware (or going without), but both leave you feeling dark and empty inside.  Lost photos of your children/wedding/best vacation ever, missing address book information, and years of work down the drain... Its the worst. The worst, Jerry.

Usually it takes a corrupted, crashed, stolen, or lost hard drive to convince the average human of the importance of backing up.  If you're lucky enough to never have had this happen to you, please heed my warning.  The remedy is darned easy, you'll really hate yourself if you stop reading now.

We've previously extolled the virtues of backing up to the cloud, specifically using Dropbox (one of our Favorite Things). Well one of our favorite websites, Lifehacker did us a solid with a How To on backing up your data locally and remotely (a.k.a. "in the cloud").  


It's not a matter of whether your computer's disk will stop working; it's a matter of when. The question is how much it will disrupt your life—and it won't, if you have a backup copy.


Backing up your data is the dullest but most indispensable thing you do on your computer. Here's how to automate regular backups for your computer...

If you do one thing today, sign up for a Crashplan-type solution.  If you embrace the whole article, great.  If you decide buying an external hard drive and installing some software is more work than its worth (hint: it isn't), at least get the set-it-and-forget-it remedy to avoiding those dark days of data loss.

Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

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