What can I afford to lose?

  • Date: August 23, 2017
  • Author: Scott Young- Network/Server Analyst

Hi, my name is Scott Young, I have been with DRN and the ReadiTech team for 17 years.  In my time here, I have had a great opportunity to work in numerous departments.  From being a Plant technician to now an IT Analyst.  Along the way, I have seen the ups and downs of businesses and residential customers alike.  Data loss is something that can affect anyone but no one wants to endure. 

Data is essential to the smooth operation of any business.  Between databases, files, emails, accounting information and many other forms of data, what to back up?  It does not to be complicated, just ask yourself “what do I need to run my business”, “what can I not afford to lose” or ” the  most import stuff to me”?

The news has been filled with large companies admitting to data breaches and data loss.  While these do affect many people, and raise serious financial concerns, let’s look closer to home.  I’ll ask again “What can I afford to lose”?

A business or home does not need to be “Hacked” for data loss to accrue.   What I have seen are simple hardware failures that cause great concerns.  Power surges and hard drive failures can bring a business to its knees.  From farmers to your main street businesses, who wants to lose your QuickBooks companies, business or Ag software?  I have seen the hardiest of laptops fail when least expected.

Years past photos were stored in photo albums, tucked away in hutches and bookshelves.  Brought out on anniversaries and birthdays to proudly show family and friends.  Safety deposit boxes held precious photos and important financial documents.    

Today more photos are taken with phones than cameras.  Cameras and phones store photos on SD cards, Micro SD cards, and internal storage, downloaded onto laptops and desktops to edit and store.  Documents emailed back and forth for revision and stored locally on desktops or laptops.  Then one day your laptop will not boot or your USB hard drive is not recognized by your desktop.  Now what to do?

I do not want to be a wet blanket!  The sky is not falling! Go to your back up to restore your precious data?  How is that done?  Where is?  This is not something you want to experience.   I have restored files and documents from bad hard drives and brought back failed servers from the dead.   I have also sent hard drives in to recover data like they do on TV.  Thousands of dollars can be spend recovering photos and financial information.

Backup your data to a reliable source, know where it is stored, and finally know how to restore your data.  If you cannot restore from your backup, what good is it?  One simple question, “What can I afford to lose?"