I get on my soapbox about data backups quite often. Anyone who has met me knows that I ask over and over if you have a backup for your computer data. I’ve blogged about it quite frequently as well with specific instructions on what to do. Still, I constantly encounter people who don’t take it seriously.
Hard drives can and will fail. It’s not a matter of “if” – its just a matter of when.
I’m attaching the audio from a failed hard drive – this is the “click of death” which means a physical failure of the drive. Could it be fixed? Possibly – but it depends on how important the data is and how much money you want to invest in attempting to recover it.
The moral of this article: You are only as good as your last successful backup – from which you can recover.[powerpress image=”http://smartergeekcom.wpengine.com/media/smartergeek-multimediacontent-320×240.jpg”]