A few years ago we had a customer who postponed data backups for years, even after numerous recommendations to do so, she would simply say “I am too busy right now, let’s do that later”. One day a thunderstorm hit the area and the next morning the storage system failed, no files were available and she had no copies of her files, 11 years worth of data (spreadsheets, photos, videos, documents, promotional materials, etc.) were completely gone.
After testing the hard drive it was determined that it had to be sent to a specialized lab out of state to be analyzed and to attempt data recovery. After a few weeks and thousands of dollars most of data was recovered by the lab.
Situations like these can happen to anyone, there are countless of stories similar to the one above. The best course of action is to prepare for such event with a back up system.
Backing up your data daily or weekly takes a few minutes and it can save you a big headache and a ton of money.
Sometimes it is not as easy as connecting a hard drive and running some software, it has to be properly installed and setup to maintain a good data structure. This of course only works for certain scenarios. In the event of a fire or theft, having an on-site backup won’t help much, this is why off-site backups are recommended.