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Reminder: your data is impermanent

I seem to get a call about once a month now involving data recovery, so just a note to everyone who uses computers to do things: back up your data. If your data is important to you, don't assume it is safe unless it's backed-up, because:

If your data is gone, your data is Gone. When data is gone it doesn't like to come back so much. And data recovery can get expensive; between a hundred dollars for simple retrieval up to thousands of dollars if a situation involves total hard drive failure. Therefore it makes more sense to sort out your data recovery solution now, rather than later. The easiest way to make data 'not gone' is to back it up to an external hard drive (around $70 a terabyte nowadays) using a free backup program like the ones built into Mac OSX and Windows.

Another method of backup is to have your documents in 'the cloud' (online on a server, somewhere) using Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. However these solutions tend to be instant, rather than staggering the backups to once a week, so if you mess up something on your computer, likely it's messed up in 'the cloud' as well. The best solution is probably to do both (external hard drive weekly backup, plus cloud storage), but it depends on how important your data is to you. Either way, be smart, be safe. Don't assume your data is permanent.

- Matt Bentley, computer expert at Bentley Home PC Support.
Email info@homepcsupport.co.nz or phone 0211348576.

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