A colleague of mine tells me that his hard drive on his laptop has crashed, and it’s unlikely he’ll be able to recover it. The kicker is that he hasn’t run a back up on that drive for almost a month, so he’s probably lost a month’s worth of work.

What’s amazing is that even in this age of “instant” online back ups, I still run into this problem fairly frequently. Either the organization is not backing up its data, thinks it is backing up the data when it is not, or just doesn’t have any idea. See here for my rant on backing up. (Note that this rant came as a result of my not backing up a data source.)

Do you know if your database is being backed up (and the rest of your organization’s digital files)? What about files on your own computer, including the computer desktop? Are you sure they’re being backed up? And are they being backed up frequently enough so that when the inevitable drive failure occurs, the damage is minimal?