I read once that there are two types of people:
Those who one day lose everything on their hard drive
those who one day lose everything on their hard drive.
This weekend I fit both groups.
I was hooking up a 7 Port Hub and when I plugged my laptop back up, it threw a circuit breaker in my house. When I switched the circuit back on and turned on the laptop, I had no hard drive!
I lost all the work I did on Saturday for a forthcoming Leadership Network Missional Renaissance article.
But it could have been much, much worse. I did not lose the vast majority of 22 years of personal computing because I backup my data every evening losing the inexpensive and easy-to-use Second Copy utility. I backup my USA TODAY laptop every morning and my personal laptop late every evening automatically using this tool. And I always extend the warranty on my computers when I purchase them so I should have a brand new hard drive in a few days.
So if you don’t back up your data on a regular basis, please start!