You could just ask Sadira. She’ll tell you all about it. Backups are more important than you’ll ever know.
A week ago Sadira called me quickly in the morning to say her system wasn’t booting up. It was making a beep sound and there was some clicking from the hard drive. That was the whole response from the system. Not a good sign!
Fortunately Sadira did some things to protect herself from the get go. When she bought her Macbook she also bought the Apple Care protection plan. Her Apple Care offered her a 3 year extended warranty. Nice!
She also moved a large block of her photography and all of her ITunes to external hard drives. She got that idea from me. I’ve got more external hard drives than most small tech stores offer for sale in this town. Yup, a lot of backup drives!
Sadira brought her machine to the local Apple Reseller, Argosy West, last week. Argosy told her that she was covered by her Apple Care, and that most likely her hard drive had failed. What a bummer. But she had several positives still. ITunes and tons of photos were safe. Recent photos were on the Mac and not backed up, but she still had the bulk of the data she cared about.
Finally, after the Apple Tech returned from vacation he assessed her laptop, found the drive was toast, and replaced the drive. Over the past two days we’ve been putting her machine back to a state close to what she had. We also took one extra step……we loaded Lepoard (the new version of Mac OSX). Why go to Lepoard?
Simple, Lepoard has an automatic backup program called Time Machine. That was one of the first things I set up for her when we booted up her computer. Time Machine is a “Set it and Forget it” program. It does the work for you.
Now I ask you……Have you backed up lately?