ComTech: IT Support Stirling

The value of a backup

Isn’t it strange what people find important. Some people think football is important while others like me think mountains are instead. Some think not spending much money is important while others think that having backups are.

With regards to backups I am finding more and more people (and this is in business not home users) don’t think that having a backup is important. To me that makes absolutely no sense.

Backups are like insurance policies. You don’t realise how important they are until you need them, and only then are you truly grateful that you had something in place.  When your car has a bump the insurance gets it fixed and backups are no different. When you need to recover data the backup is there waiting for you.

With the recent end of Windows XP support I have seen countless businesses srambling to upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 (or even in some cases not really caring) but approximately 80% have no backup solution in place and of those that do no one can remember when the backups were last checked. When I have asked them why they have no backups I get answers ranging from “haven’t needed them yet” to “waste of money”.

At this point the question you should be asking yourself is “how important is my data?” If your business is anything like mine (and most will be) you could not survive if you lost your data.  All your emails, telephone numbers, invoices, documents etc gone when it is so easy to back them all up.

You can automate backups, you can put all your data on a server or you can send it all into the cloud if you so wish. The possibilities are endless.

Whatever you decide to do about your backups remember one thing. Yes you may never need them but what happens when you do and you don’t have any?

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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