I love fixing people’s computer problems. The joy that I get when I’m able to solve someone’s technology issue is fantastic and it feels good to get people back on their way. However the one thing that I can’t help people with is lost data that they didn’t backup.
In some instances I can gain access to a drive that won’t boot or an OS install gone bad, if the data is still on the drive there is hope. The problem is when that data is gone, when the drive is toast (or water logged) or “gasp” lost it’s something that I can’t help with. While their are services out there that can retrieve lost data off a bad drive for most people once they hear about the cost they figure they still have those vacation memories in their head who really needs them on the computer.
Backing up your data used to be a tedious annoying process that even people that did do it often didn’t do it enough. These day’s however data backup is so easy and useful that there is no excuse to not have that data backed up, reliably, all the time.