Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already

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why do you need to backupHow else can I say this? Actually, there is no other way more straightforward than this: you need to backup now. The risks involved with not doing so are simply not worth it. There’s no really no reason to not be backing up your computer. That said, you likely feel you do have a legitimate reason. And in some cases you might, but there is always a way.

Here are six reasons why you might be putting off creating a backup of your computer:

  1. No money for an external hard drive, online service or software
  2. You don’t know where to get an external hard drive or what kind to get
  3. You don’t know what software or online services you should use
  4. It takes too much time to set up, let alone, to backup your computer all the time
  5. You don’t have anything that matters if it’s lost
  6. You simply don’t have the know-how

why do you need to backup

Do any of those excuses sound familiar? Are there several that you are saying to yourself? Perhaps justifying them in your mind even as you read through the list? Let’s stop for a second. Notice I said reasons above the list, but excuses below the list. That’s because they are.

Excuse One: No money for an external hard drive, online service or software

Now there is definitely some legitimacy to some of them, such as being tight on money (and I certainly support prioritizing your expenses). That said, even when my backup hard drive went out, I found a way to make money to pay for it to counter the cost. And let’s get serious here, a great hard drive ranges from $60 to $80 (US Dollars). If you spent, three, four, five hundred or more dollars on your computer, you can’t tell me eighty dollars is too much to “insure” it.

This same thought goes for paying for online backup services and software. However, there are many free options which we have covered at MakeUseOf.

Excuse Two: You don’t know where to get an external hard drive or what kind to get

why do you need to backup your files

Use Google. Or if you’re “anti-Google,” use your preferred search engine. My point is, you have a plethora of information available to you via the Internet. Take advantage of it.

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Excuse Three: You don’t know what software or online services you should use

See comment above on Excuse Two.

Excuse Four: It takes too much time to set up, let alone, to backup your computer all the time

why do you need to backup your files

No it doesn’t. It takes urgency to just do it. Sure it takes some time and if you have something pressing to do right now, perhaps it’s not the best thing to do with your time. I leave that up to your discretion. The initial set up only takes a couple minutes and for regular backups there’s scheduling, or if you backup to the cloud they sync by themselves. There’s no need to manually run every backup.

Excuse Five: You don’t have anything important, so it doesn’t matter if it’s lost

If you think this, I honestly can’t argue this one with you. My guess is you likely do, you just aren’t thinking of those photos or important documents, like your resume, because you don’t always use them. But when the time comes to accessing them, you’ll probably wish you had them.

Excuse Six: You simply don’t have the know-how

That’s okay! A lot of people don’t. In fact, that’s part of what makes writing on MakeUseOf so enjoyable – I have the privilege of helping people who want to learn be more productive and efficient with technology.

That said, remember my reply to excuses two and three? Yeah… use Google. The Internet is your best friend in discovering how-tos. Also, check out so many of the other articles on MakeUseOf (some linked to at the end of this article) and save them in a service like Evernote (which we’ve covered on MakeUseOf) or bookmark them to refer back to it later.

Conclusion: Just Do It

why do you need to backup

The first part to any intention, backing up your computer in this case, is to realize the obstacles and objections (i.e. excuses) you will face. The second part is to create a plan and act. Without action, there won’t be any results… or in this case, files, if your computer fails.

Here are some helpful articles published on MakeUseOf concerning backing up. Some of these I have linked to throughout this article.

Do you have a backup already? If so, how is yours set up? If not, why not and how do you plan to put one into affect?

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Comments (54)
  • Marc Godhusen

    Just reading it now and I all I have to comment is when you say “Use Google”, this is just an excuse, too. Everybody searches on Google first and come here for the answers!

    • Aaron Couch

      Marc,

      I’m not sure I understand your point — MakeUseOf has tons of articles about backing up, many of which I’ve linked to in this article.

  • Sashritha Peiris

    This is so true. I backed up my computer TWO WEEKS before I accidentally corrupted some startup files so I could not start my computer up. Thankfs to TimeMachine backups I was able to get my computer working like normal in minutes. See how lucky I am.

  • Aaron Couch

    Haha don’t you love they you are no longer “blind”? Kind of a double-edged sword, I suppose.

  • Giggity Goebbels

    I got an excuse too:my home server always Freezes and need a reset when i ever try to backup my laptop.it is running windows home server 2011(spme oem system builder thing).
    I repurposed my gateway sx2850 as the home server(i took out the dvd drive and balanced another hard drive in the middle of it with 2 screws),and i dunno what hell is wrong with it.
    Specs:8gb ddr3 1333mhz rcmemory ram
    500gb hdd(originally in computer)
    3tb hdd(toshiba)
    The motherboard that has only 2 sata ports(i hate this fact)
    I3 540(might plan to upgrade to i5 750,pls advice,if this is compatible with mobo)
    Nvidia geforce 315
    Wifi card some unknown brand sort of thing
    If anyone can help,my excuse is invalid and i will start backing up.

    • Aaron Couch

      I’m not real familiar with Windows Home Server. So I ask this, why can’t you use a third-party cloud backup like SugarSync or Crash Plan or just copy and paste your files from your computer to your external hard drive?

    • Giggity Goebbels

      Copy and paste?no need.no important files in the clients,only in server.so all i need to do is to refresh or reset it(windows 8 pro).
      Well i fixed it too,by replacing it with a cheap a55 biostar h61mgv and an i3 2120(this is temporary solution,as it is overheating after 3 days,so i am going to change the mobo to asrock h77m(non itx),and processor as Xeon E3-1220L V2.though only 2 core and 3mb cache,but it only takes 17W,and can save me money to upgrade my psu and add a hard drive.also i can upgrade the ram also instead of only 2 sticks.

  • Easton Wiki

    Just a little tip for anyone. Crashplan has a “deal” to get 1 year free unlimited backup plan with them for 1 computer. It works great and can’t beat free

    http://www.crashplan.com/carboniteswitcher

    • Aaron Couch

      Except, they state you have to be a Carbonite user (or a previous one). Are they just stating this or is there something that you have to prove that you really are/were one?

      Have you tried this yourself?

    • Christopher Miliotti

      I have been using it for the past few months perfectly fine. It works great! It is meant for people switching from Carbonite however they do not do anything to verify that you are a user. (and honestly i have no idea how they could verify it without carbonite allowing them to; which would make no sense lol)

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