Thursday, 23 September 2010

Some sympathy but not a lot

There is a story in Stuff today about a musician who has lost 8 years of lyrics.  I have a little sympathy for him but not a huge amount of it.   Why didn't he have all this material backed up?  The cost of large USB drives is very low these days.  In fact, when weighed up against 8 years of work, the cost of a USB hard drive is negligible.

I am still surprised by the number of people who seem to  think that backing up their data is unimportant.  I tell people, "Your hard drive WILL fail.  Back it up!", and give them suggestions on what to do - the most common being to buy two USB hard drives and backup to both of them.  I talk to these people a couple of months down the track and they still don't backup  their data.

Just what is it worth to them?  How much are those digital photos worth?