I have 2 TB’s (that’s 2,000 GB’s) of external hard drive storage AND I have a virtual off-site storage as well.

Sounds like I have OCD Backup?

No, really it’s because even if  you have your files backed up on an external hard drive (which, at the very least you should) they could still be lost due to theft, fire, flood, or just plain old crashing. My 3 year old top-of-the-line computer crashed a few years ago,  I had done a “restart” because it was running slow and…..it never came back on! Luckily, I had most of my files, music and photos backed up on external hard drives, so I was safe. But it could have been awful. Now, in addition to an external hard drive, I use BackBlaze Online Backup and I love it.

Click here for an article I wrote on Backblaze, and read the rest of this article if you need more convincing about why you should back up your computer files.

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This poor baby did not have his files backed up and his computer crashed. Boo hoo!

Here’s a good article on WHY backing up is important and why you need to do it. I read it on Top Ten Reviews:

Superheroes need it, police rely on it and everyone that uses a computer should use some form of it. In the world of mainframes and microchips it’s called data backup or data recovery and it can mean the difference between a slight computer setback and living through your own electronic apocalypse.

Let’s face it; our computers are a bigger part of life than ever before. We shop, work and play using computers. They’ve replaced stereos, encyclopedias, even the mailman. They’ve become journals, photo albums and canvases for our art.

But computers aren’t perfect. Files become corrupt, motherboards malfunction, CPUs call it quits taking our precious data with them.

The best defense is data backup software. Backing up data is vital for businesses; lost information can cause a major crisis or worse, lead to business failure. Individuals who don’t backup computer data run the same risk. While this may not cause financial ruin, it can certainly be frustrating and even heartbreaking.

So why do so few of us practice data backup?
Here are the common excuses:

“I’m too busy to backup my computer.”
We are busy, work, family and friends fill our days and leave us little time for boring things like computer maintenance. But today’s backup software manufacturers make it easy. Through scheduled backups, your system can automatically perform a backup that fits your needs at an interval you choose—without interrupting life.

“I don’t know how to backup data.” Like preparing for a natural disaster, most of us understand how important data backup is, but don’t know where to start. A big step is deciding how you are going to store the data you backup.

“My computer won’t crash.” You’ve had your computer this long and haven’t had problems so far why worry about computer backup now? Think about it you wear your seat belt even though you don’t expect your car to crash everyday. Data backup is about protecting your data’s future, but with computers, it isn’t if you crash, it’s when you crash.

In today’s high-tech world of sneaky spyware and venomous viruses, you are in more danger of data loss than ever before.

Like tires on your car, the electronic circuits your computer rides on will eventually wear down and blow out. When this happens, you can either grieve at your loss or simply restore your data with data backup software.

So with that said, how does one choose the right backup software? There are many varieties available—some suited to a growing business and others for growing families. Some backup software is for technical experts, other packages for the technically challenged. Do some research and find the best package for your needs.

Ritama’s Note: I use BackBlaze Online Backup and love it.