You know, your photographs, your email correspondance, your registration codes, your music, your little movies? Stuff that you can’t easily replace if you can replace it at all?
Then do it.
Last year, I got a 1 terrabyte external drive. I got this to back up all my photos, music and little movies I’d taken throughout the years with my digital cameras or my videocams. My photos, music and movies are all on separate external hard drives. At the end of last year, on a Friday, I finally cleaned up my office space and set up the new hard drive. My intention was to fully backup all drives the following week.
That Sunday night, the POS WD 500GB external hard drive that had all of my movies on it crashed. I sent it out for recovery, but so far they’ve only been able to recover thirty movies. There were hundreds on it. The best he can figure out is the drive got hot and just warped. He’s doing it with software and when I get it back, I’ll hold on to it in hopes that some day, there will be something more affordable to have it done in what’s called a ‘clean room’.
My intentions were good. My timing was not.
So, once again, if you’ve got something you can’t reconstruct, something that will be gone forever should you have a hard drive crash, don’t put it off, back it up as soon as you can.
My baby kitty videos, my mom videos….gone. And it didn’t have to be that way.
Oh, and if you’ve got external hard drives? Good idea to turn them off if you’re not using them. ‘Cause they might get too hot and warp the hard drive. Like what happened to mine.