The 5 Dumbest Excuses for Not Backing Up Data

I am sure you have heard some of the humorous stories about dumb computer users. How about the guy who called customer support because the cup holder on his computer was broken only to find out that the cup holder was actually his CD ROM drive? Or what about the people who can't continue because their computer doesn't have an "Any" key to press? I guess we expect a person to have some level of competence if they own a computer. I can assure you that is not always the case.

If you think that sitting your 32oz Super-Gulp soft drink on your CD ROM drawer is dumb, then not backing up your data is downright stupid. It cost less than $50 to replace a CD ROM drive; lost data can cost thousands and in some cases it can bring down a business. And I guess if you can't press "Any" key to continue, then you are better off because you won't be able get anything important into your computer where it will be lost forever when you don't backup up your data.

The bigger problem is that most people can find the power switch and start their computers, and then build up valuable data. And then they make the dumbest mistake of all, they don't backup their data in any useful way. Not backing up data is the dumbest because it is the mistake that can cost you the most. Here are the 5 dumbest excuses I have come across for not backing up data.

1) My computer came with a recovery CD.

2) I bought the extended service plan.

3) Windows XP has System Restore built-in.

4) I have a disk recovery utility.

5) If there is a disaster, FEMA will help.

I don't have time right now to go into detail about why any of those are really dumb reasons to think that you don't need to backup your data. If you can't figure it out, then please post comments and we will get you some help.

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