Have you ever checked your archive and realized how much of data do you have in your laptop or hard disk? If you have not just give it a shot today and you would realize that the count has just gone double since you last checked it. And I am sure all of it is very important and you will not give up a single byte of it. Have you ever thought if one fine day all of it is lost? Have you ever imagined a situation where you laptop suddenly crashes, your hard disk goes missing, your pen drive goes corrupted and in a jiffy you lose everything. Like people have near death experiences I have had a near data loss experience. It was scarier than death for sure.
The main issue with data loss is that there would always be some chunk which is not recoverable from anywhere. It is not something that you can buy with money or arrange from your contacts. Once it is gone it is gone, all you can do is rub your hands and regret for not doing anything to safeguard it. Recently when I couldn’t find my hard disk I had a timeline movie running in my head (similar of what Facebook once got in trend) showing me what all data I have lost and it got me into tears. I just sat and thought of what all I could have done to minimize the data loss, it is never fully recoverable but there are ways to lessen the pain. Fortunately I found my hard disk but you might not be that fortunate, so here is a little list of what you can do to safeguard your precious data:
- Leverage Facebook: I am not sure if you are aware of it or not but Facebook has no limit of photo upload. You can upload 1000 photos in one album and innumerable albums are allowed. Now I know you don’t wish to share every moment with your so called Facebook friends, all you need to do is tweak around with the settings of the album and make it “Visible to me”, which makes it your private album on Facebook. So don’t think so much and start uploading your important pictures and ensure that they are data loss insured.
- Exploit Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox: These names are not new , I am sure you must have heard about them. Now I can imagine a situation where you are not the biggest fan of Facebook (quite hard to imagine albeit), just don’t worry because Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox are here to your rescue. Upload your important documents there and live your life without the fear of data loss. After all we all know Internet is here to stay.
- Make multiple copies: If you are the kind who aren’t a complete internet freak and you don’t want to be totally dependent on Internet then go for the replication of data. Buy an extra hard disk, save your data and keep it at some place save. Don’t access it every now and then else it will also be vulnerable to loss. Keep it just as a backup and in a case where your handy hard disk faces any problem then this jeenie comes out and takes you out of any data crisis that you are going through. This is a little pricey option though, but trust me when I say this nothing really matters if you lose your data. You would just think, I would have bought that extra hard disk.
- Go old school: With time and advancements we are actually losing touch with CD’s and DVD’s but I am sure you would go to any extent to shield your data from loss. It is conventional but there is no harm in doing so. Take the data backup on DVD’s and keep them safe with you. DVD’s come with high storage capacity and they are completely reliable. Even though we are pacing very high in terms of technology but DVD’s are here to stay at least for a decade more, so use it till then.
I am not sure how relevant did you find this post but I am going to do some of these for sure. I have had a data attack recently and I am just not in a position to afford a data death. Have you ever faced anything like this ? What did you do? Do you have any other contingency plans for this? Please share with me, I am all ears. Happy Reading and Happy blogging !!!