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Should I back my data up?

When a PC comes into one of our stores, we ask our customers would they like a data backup. The #1 question we get is “Do I need a backup?”.

The official company response is “You should get it.” Every once in a while a customer asks, why do you tell everyone they should get a backup?

Hard drives have a life expectancy of around 3-5 years. On a laptop, you’re looking at closer to 1-3 years. If you have any valuable data on your PC (pictures, music, tax returns, spreadsheets, databases, etc) and you don’t do regular backups, you should.  Software can be replaced. Windows can be re-installed, I-tunes re-downloaded, Word and Excel re-installed, but how do you get your graduation pictures back? What happens when the only copy of your digital pictures is on the hard drive that no longer works?

Do you have to get a backup from us? Nope. However, you are here already so why not? 🙂

Can I do my own backup? Sure.Have at it.

Our employees are required to ask, and get a signature saying yes or no. We don’t try to sell you on it, just making sure you know we are, or are not doing a backup.