All hard drives will crash; there is no such thing as a crash-proof hard drive. When (not if) this happens, how much data will be lost is a flip of the coin. It could be 0%, or it could be 100%. World Backup Day is March 31st. and encourages you to maintain current backups of your data: financial information or other important documents, digital media collection (music/movies/ebooks), and perhaps most importantly your memories (pictures/home movies).
One in ten laptops will be stolen in their lifetime; one is stolen every 53 seconds. Fifty percent of all hard drives will crash within five years. Couple those statistics with the fact that 89.1% of PC users do not perform regular backups. This is essentially a recipe for massive data loss. A recent study found that 90 percent of companies that experience data loss go out of business within two years, with 70% of companies going out of business following a major data loss. These are significant numbers.
Are you able to place a dollar amount on your data? Exactly how much value does it have? For many people, their data is priceless. If the only pictures of your children that you have are on a hard drive that crashes, they’re gone. Forever. Unless you have a small fortune to pay in hopes of having the data professionally recovered. This situation though instantly becomes a non-issue the moment you have a safe backup of the data. Ideally, you’ll maintain current backups of all important data locally and at a remote location.
Texas, where the HostGator offices are, has been hit by both hurricanes and wildfires in recent years. If a computer and the external hard drive that contained the backups are both within a house that is destroyed, that data is gone. This is a catastrophic circumstance regardless, but there are many ways to ensure that even under similar conditions your data will remain safe. HostGator customers are encouraged to visit http://justcloud.com/hostgator for a free trial for cloud storage. Come what may, with cloud storage you can be confident that your data remains safe.
Please visit http://www.worldbackupday.com for more information and tips on backing up your data.