Thanks For The Memory - Digital Amnesia
The WORST thing you can do is back up your data, and think you're safe. I am continually shocked at the true lack of protection the average person has for their information. Yes, I am talking about YOU, sitting there right now and reading this. You are >.< this close to losing all your important information... and it isn't YOUR fault!
If you are like most individuals, you are quite concerned with making sure you don't suffer a hard drive failure and lose all your data. Photos, music, videos, contacts, files, documents, email, the way data is multiplying exponentially, you have a lot to worry about.
You do some research on data security and backing up your hard drive, read all the advertisements, ask the "experts" at a popular local electronics store, and you are lulled into a false sense of security when you are advised to buy one of the USB external hard drives from popular manufacturers like Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, LaCie, Hitachi, etc, and breathe a sigh of relief. All your precious files that compose your digital life are safely tucked away. I mean, it SAYS on the package it keeps your data safe.
NOT. They are only marginally safer than they were in your computer. A study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that hard drive failure rates are much higher than manufacturers let you know. There is a wide body of academic evidence among true industry experts that show how fragile a hard drive is, and relying on just one is total folly. A single external hard drive should be considered, at best, a temporary "work / hold" drive, not your safety net you were convinced of by the salesman who sold it to you.
ANY "expert" that sells you an external USB hard drive and tells you that it will fully protect your data is absolutely lying to you in your face. The knife in your back is delayed. You feel it when your data is lost... while the "expert" made his sales quota. Why?
Inside that external hard drive, is a single hard drive...which itself can fail, crash, get stolen in a burglary, destroyed in a fire, flood, earthquake, etc... with ALL your information.Continued on the next page