How to Survive a Hard Drive Crash: What You Can Do Today

There’s been a massive digitization of the population, which despite keeping everyone entertained and connected, comes with one gaping flaw. A hard drive crash could wipe out your data in an instant.

Nearly all schoolwork is done on computers or tablets. eBook sales far outstrip their paper cousins, and photo printing is a rarity. Unless there’s a physical requirement like putting a photo into a frame, all our data is staying digital. People’s entire lives, memories, and work are on personal hard drives, yet a large majority of households have no backups.

Losing Your Information

If you’ve ever lost your data or had your computer stolen, you know the panic and rage that follows… turning the house upside down, hoping desperately to find that USB stick that maybe your data was copied to, once upon a time… before collapsing onto the couch as it sinks in: there’s nothing left.

While hopefully your hard drive is still in good shape, surprise failures do happen. The mechanics don’t last forever, and even brand-new drives can be blitzed by a power surge. Theft is always a risk, as is user error like deleting files accidentally. You could even get hit by a nasty virus that destroys or holds your files for ransom.

That last one is tricky.

Most households are using apps like Dropbox, iCloud or OneDrive as their backup, thinking if their hard drive crashes or gets stolen, they’ll just download the files from there. Unfortunately, those very handy apps don’t help if you’re hit with ransomware. As the malware encrypts your local files, those sync apps instantly upload the infected versions – for your convenience. As a result, older, safe versions of the files no longer exist, because these apps are designed to give a constant mirror of your drive, not a backup.

Stop for a moment and think about what you’d lose right now if your hard drive failed. What’s on there? Household management files like tax info and warranties you’ve scanned in? Photos of your children or grandchildren, videos of first steps and school plays, maybe even your wedding video? While some losses are merely inconvenient, like recreating your budget or rebuilding your recipe collection, other losses are heartbreaking. It’s not a feeling we’d wish on anyone!

What You Can Do

We recommend a 3-2-1 approach: 3 copies of your data, with 2 local at your home and 1 offsite.

Typically, this means keeping your regular hard drive where your data is now, one copy of files on a backup USB drive, and one that automatically uploads to the secure cloud as you add new files. That way, the USB drive protects your data if your computer dies, and the cloud copy protects you if something happens to the computer and your USB drive, like fire, flood or theft.

It’s a good idea to make sure you unplug that backup USB drive afterwards and pop it into a drawer, as connected devices can easily become infected during an attack or stolen during a break-in.

With a cloud service you’ll be able to retrieve files at will, without having to roll back your entire drive. And, above all, know that it has caught even the smallest file change without you needing to flag or mark it in any way. Even better, because it’s in the cloud, you can access your secure backup from anywhere. Left a work file at home? No problem, it’s in your cloud backup. On vacation and need to check a detail or show off a photo? No problem, it’s also in your cloud backup.

We can help you set up the perfect backup solution to meets your needs, both now and in case of emergency. Call us at 732-914-8324 for help now! Or click here to arrange a service request for us to come out to your home or business.

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