Here is a picture of a hard disk drive from 1956. It had a whopping 5 MB (MegaBytes) of storage.
In September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive. It weighed over a ton. By way of comparison, I use 16 GB (GigaBytes) memory sticks. i.e. 16 thousand megabytes. That is over 6,000 times more storage which fits in my pocket and costs around $50.
It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0 x 10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. All this data… What would happen if you lost all of your emails? Your contacts? Your documents? The scary thing is most people store valuable data in a single location on a single medium. And when (not if) disaster strikes, they have no backup. Storage devices fail, it happens.. even CD recordables. People accidentally delete & overwrite files. Files corrupt. Viruses infect. It depends on where you store them, how old they are, how often they are used, and general mechanical or electrical failure. We advise all our clients to have multiple backups. Ensure at least one or two of them are automated. Ensure at least one is offsite. And test them!
Services such as Mozy.com and iDrive.com offer free personal backups up to 2 GB in storage. That is plenty for critical documents, contacts, calendars, etc. There are other solutions for much larger amounts of data. It is worth your while to have someone assess your data storage and backup requirements along with providing suggestions and/or implementation.
How valuable is your data?