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1 Word of Advice: Backup

Mark Kawabe - Friday, October 03, 2014

This morning, I installed Windows updates that required a reboot of my desktop computer. No problem. Done it a thousand times before.

Except this time, the computer didn't start up.

Something went click, the UPS chirped, then nothing.

I pressed the power button.

Nothing.

I checked all the connections.

Nothing.

Technology is such a huge part of our lives that we take it for granted. I don't think most people realize just how much they rely on tech. It's when things go wrong that we suddenly realize how important our smartphone, laptops, desktops or other devices are.

Fortunately for me, my work is not stored on my computer. It's stored on an external hard drive which is incrementally backed up to another drive as I work. My most critical files are backed up to a cloud storage system. It's not the most robust backup strategy, but it allowed me to easily hook up my hard drive to my laptop and continue on with my day while my desktop waits at the shop to be repaired.

Informal conversations with other entrepreneurs and small business owners reveal a startling lack of concern about backing up data. Some folks (the majority) never back up. Others back up to a second hard drive in their machine. Fewer still back up to an external device or the cloud.

I'm amazed.

In this era of cheap technology, it is inexcusable to not back up your data.

I'm not going to tell you how to do it as there are plenty of websites that will tell you how. I just hope my story provides one more reminder, one more reason, one more example that persuades at least one person to start making backups of their data.

Will you be that one? I hope so. More for your sake than for mine.