If you’ve ever experienced a computer hard drive failure, you know just what a pain this can be. First, there could be the cost associated with buying a new hard drive followed by installing the operating system, applying security patches, installing all of your applications and then restoring your data from your most recent data backup.
What’s that, you don’t have a recent data backup? If that’s you, you’re not alone. Over the last few years, we’ve seen the growth of cloud storage options where users can migrate all of their valuable data to the cloud so that the security and backup of this data is left to a third party. There are many providers for such a service including Google and Dropbox. If however, you haven’t made the move to the cloud and you encounter a hard drive failure, there is the potential for some real data loss. A recent survey of 2,025 American adults conducted by Seagate and Harris Interactive found that 90% of those surveyed believed that their data was important. Even with such a high percentage however, approximately 30% of adult women do not perform data backups. For the sake of comparison, 19% of adult men do not perform data backups. On the flip side of the coin, only one in ten adults performs a data backup daily.