Why Back Up Personal Data?

Why Back Up Personal Data?


Nothing like few statistics to throw a little fear your way!

Here you go...

  • 29% of all data disasters are caused by accidents
  • 1 in 10 computers, including household and business computers, are infected with a virus that may suddenly cause all of your data to be gone beyond retrieval.
  • 113 mobile phones are lost or stolen every minute.
  • 140,000 hard drives crash every week in the US.


A laptop drenched in coffee, computer files erased by a virus, crashed hard drives that took their files to the recycle grave with them-our office has witnessed, over and over, people coming to us in hopes that we can perform a miracle and give them back their precious photos, histories, music library, important files and irreplaceable documents. Sometime we can-often, though, we can't.

Your hard drive WILL FAIL. It can fail three months after you purchase a new computer, or five years later . . . but it will fail, it's just a matter of time. You can be one of two people: the one who protects their data with backups-or the one who backs up data after experiencing a devastating loss.

Know the signs of a Corrupted Hard Drive

Now that you know your hard drive will fail, you should also know the signs of a corrupt hard drive. They are listed below from the Nova Backup Blog. But do not wait until you see these signs to back up your data!

  • Irregular crashes that are increasing in frequency
  • Error messages when performing simple tasks such as moving files
  • Scrambled or changed files or folder names
  • Extended wait times when opening files or folders
  • Disappearing files or folders
  • Audible grinding noise when your hard drive is retrieving information