Part 1 of the “Backup Your Life” series.
A friend of mine returned home to find out that his home computer was dead.
It would not boot, and the hard drive had failed. He ended up losing everything on that computer.
To say he was in a state-of-shock was an understatement.
He took inventory of what he had lost and it was not pretty: Pictures. Music. Documents. Data. Passwords.
What would you lose if your main computer was suddenly gone?
Is your life backed up?
We all want to think that it couldn’t happen to us.
Unfortunately, it happened to me last week…
Is Your Life Backed Up?
As much as I talk about being prepared for the unexpected, I recently got a chance to test just how prepared I was.
I recently purchased the new iPhone 4S. As part of the upgrade, I was excited about some of the new cloud syncing features. For example, it automatically syncs your pictures from your phone to your computer.
I had to update the iPhoto software on my iMac to enable to the new Photo Stream feature.
The software download went smooth enough. I launched the new iPhoto application, excited to start magically syncing my photos.
This is where the trouble began.
The application began performing a “library update” to upgrade my existing photos for the new software.
Then it crashed. And crashed. And crashed.
In fact, the app would not run at all.
Even worse, it was in the middle of the library upgrade when it stopped working. The thought crossed my mind that my entire photo library might be corrupt.
I did a quick check and sure enough the 65GB photo library was unusable. I probably had 8 years of photos in that library.
You could say that my heart jumped for just a moment.
What Would You Lose?
What would you lose if your entire photo library was suddenly gone?
All of the existing pictures of your kids? Your entire life story?
Our lifestyles have shifted from a material world to a virtual one.
Yet, most of us have not made the shift to protecting our virtual possessions and valuables.
What would be gone if you lost everything on your main computer?
- Pictures – Not many of us have printed photo albums anymore. For some, all of our pictures are contained on our hard drives. How many years of memories would you lose?
- Music – CDs and other media used to be stacked up in our homes. Now, your music may only be stored in the files of your computer.
- Documents - What important documents would you lose? Writings? Papers? Tax records? Journals? What irreplaceable documents would you miss?
- Data – Many people underestimate the amount of personal data they would lose. Contacts? Addresses? Phone numbers? Calendars? Passwords?
How much of your life could be lost in a computer crash or simple theft?
Back Up Your Life
A few moments of preparation and a simple backup plan can prevent disaster.
People tend to downplay what would happen if they lost their computer and everything contained therein.
For the majority, it would mean years of lost memories, documents, and data.
Want to know what happened to my 65GB photo library?
Stop back tomorrow… for Part 2, of “Backup Your Life.”
Are your virtual valuables protected? Do you have a backup plan?