Let’s talk about hard drive failure. It’s a topic we all want to avoid, right? Well, who really wants to talk about hard drive failure?
We all want to avoid the topic but when it happens to us, we think the world is going to end. Okay, that obviously is an exaggeration but you know what I mean. As much as no one wants to talk about a hard drive failure, no one want to deal with it as well.
The reality is that we all have to talk about it so that we can deal with it when it happens. So, let’s talk about it and see what computer experts, like Bob Levitus, have to say about it as well.
According to him;
You are going to lose everything on your Mac hard (or solid state) drive if you don’t back up your files.
Now that World Backup Day (March 31) has come and gone, I feel it is prudent to reiterate the bad things that will happen to your precious data—your photos, videos, essays, proposals, emails, messages, and everything else—if you don’t backup.
We might not want to admit but Bob is right. We can all lose everything on our hard drive if it fails. Bob states the simple reason why that day is bound to come.
Your hard or solid-state drive will absolutely and positively fail someday. It probably won’t be today, but the day will definitely come because all disks fail eventually.
While it’s hard to tell when that day will come, it will definitely come.
It’s rare that a hard or solid-state drive fails in its first year or two of service (though that’s not unheard of). It’s also rare that something (anything) you do to or install upon your Mac will render its disks unusable. But, while those things are rare, too, they can happen.
There’s really no denying that hard drives fail. With computer experts like Bob, weighing in on it, there’s just no way we should ever avoid the topic. If we do, we’re never going to be fully prepared to deal with it.
Probably the reason why most folks don’t like to talk about hard drive failures is because of its association with data loss. When hard drive failures happen, data is endangered. Chances are, they can’t be accessed.
That’s why Bob has some great tips for us in case our hard drive fails.
The only way to avoid the pain of losing your treasured data is to back up your disk (or disks). Here are my top two tips for doing it right:
1. One backup is never enough. You want at least two full backups, with one stored in an offsite location.
2. Test your backups regularly to ensure that you can restore files. If you can’t, the backup is worthless.
Bob is right. One backup is never enough. We can back up to the cloud or to another external hard drive. Sure, we can do both. However, backing up to another external hard drive means that we are, again, faced with the possibility of failure in the future.
As long as we use external hard drives …