You may have had someone heed you to backup your personal computer. They may have even seemed adamant about it, relentlessly urging you to backup your data. Or you may already have an external SSD backup plan. You might even have some or all of it backed up in the cloud. Personal experiences aside, you may still be wondering . . .”Why all the fuss if I already have everything saved in two places?” That’s just it. Backing up your data on two devices isn’t enough.
I imagine a lot of people have their data saved on a computer and an external SSD. This is a pretty likely scenario for a lot of folks. Especially if they had a hard drive HDD failure in the past and were unable to recover the data (meaning they probably learned their lesson). However, pretend you’re away from home one day and you have no reason to bring your laptop or external SSD with you. While you’re away from home, your house gets robbed your personal computer and external drive are stolen. Or you live in a flood plain and have an unexpected flood that washes your house away. These are very real scenarios and if a similar one were actually to occur, how prepared are you to lose all of your personal data?
Backing up your data on two devices isn’t enough . . . make sure it’s on three devices in three locations.
You see, the problem with having your data on only two devices, especially if those two devices are stored together like a laptop and and external SSD, is if your data were to get lost, stolen or otherwise, you’re toast. So what am I proposing? The solution is to have your data stored on at least three devices at all times. Those three devices should preferably include:
- Your personal device (laptop, desktop, or mobile phone)
- An external drive with SSD technology (for speed and longevity)
- and An online backup service (a.k.a. the cloud)
Please take note that I indicated that your data should be stored on at least three devices not locations. This is an important difference take note of. With that said, where should you store your three devices? Similarly, you should store your three devices in three distinctly different physical locations. Here are some examples:
- In the cloud, at a geographically distant location
- On your person, while away from home
- In your car, while away from home
- Second home
- 72 hour kit, in a watertight container
- or With a trusted, geographically distant family member
Now, I haven’t included every possible scenario, device or location for your overall backup plan. However, the general rule of thumb is to be aware of your surroundings and make sure you have your data on at least three different devices, that are in three different locations. If you follow this advice you will be able to rest easy when your cloud data center gets destroyed by a natural disaster or your house gets swept away from a flood. So now is the time to heed your friends advice; back up your data! But make sure it’s on three devices in three locations.