One of the leading backup software makers, Dantz, used to have a motto:
“In order to move forward, you must backup.”
And it’s very true.
Backing up has gotten a lot easier in the last 5 years – between the price of storage coming down drastically and the manufacturers of both the OS and backup software making things so very easy, there’s almost no excuse to NOT backup anymore.
For Macintosh users, all you really need is an external hard drive – Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and above includes Time Machine, which will automatically backup your computer for you. You set it up once, and hopefully never use it again. If you do need it, it’s fairly easy and straightforward – replace a file you deleted by accident or replace your whole hard drive, the only variable is the amount of data, and therefore time that it will take. I’ve had to use this method for customers, and it really is easy.
For PC users, Windows Vista and Windows 7 have also come a long way in ease of use. Starting with Windows Vista, there’s been a built-in backup tool which is akin to what Mac OS X offers – you set it up initially (what drive to backup to, which files, etc) and then you don’t have to worry about it.
It’s so easy to back up your computer now that it’s almost embarrassing to NOT backup. Whether it’s plugging a hard drive into your computer and letting it do the work or using an online service, it’s literally never been easier to get your computer backed up.
If you need help with this, I’m always available.