Boo! It’s time for crazy costumes and scary stories…
At IDrive, before we do our Trick-or-Treating, we like to get everyone in the Halloween spirit by sharing some ghastly stories of frightening freak accidents and wretched data loss… the type of horrific tales that cause nightmares and spook people with unprotected data…
We heard a really good one from Michael, an IT provider, regarding one fated customer: Bob.
Bob was an average guy working as a freelance designer. He used AutoCAD for all his work-related projects. He stored all of his live files on an external hard drive on his desk.
Oooooo, are you scared yet? No? Okay… just wait…
Late one night, as Bob struggled to meet a deadline, he decided to make himself some coffee… BUT, as he stood up, Bob knocked the external hard drive off the desk! *GASP*
Bob lurched forward, attempting to catch it, but instead, he knocked over a glass of water as well. The drive tragically crashed to the floor… and the water spilled all over the drive. Bob quickly scrambled to retrieve it, dry it off, and plug it back in. Cursing his clumsiness while praying to the computer gods that his data was unharmed. The wind howled outside Bob’s window as he sat nervously at his desk, waiting… but only a fatal message appeared: XP desktop unable to recognize external drive. *SHRIEK!*
Bob sank to his knees in despair, knowing he was not prepared for this disaster. He did not have a proper backup of his data and he began to panic. His black cat, Fifi, ran past him, unwilling to comfort someone who would make such a silly mistake.
There was no way Bob could finish his project on time after this severe setback. And then, as if things couldn’t get worse, zombies attacked his town, turning Bob, his entire family, and Fifi into the walking dead.
The moral of this horror story? Well, if you didn’t figure it out already… Backup your data! It saves time, money, and prevents inconceivable frustration. A secure disaster recovery plan is vital; you never know when a flood, hurricane, or swarm of zombies will strike.
FYI: Unprotected data is a huge target for zombies. So, backup your data, it could save your (digital) life.