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Stop for a moment and think what you have got saved on your computer or laptop. Precious photos, work documents, files full of important information; the list goes on. Now think how you would feel if your hard drive was damaged or stolen and you never saw those items again, it doesn't actually bear thinking about does it? Everyone who stores all of these, and more, in one place is running a real risk of permanently losing them.

Technology is only great while its working properly and at some point your computer will stop working and the cost of recovering what is on your hard drive can be a very costly business. Likewise, if your hard drive is damaged it depends on the severity of the damage as to whether any of your saved data can be retrieved, and this too can prove to be a costly exercise. Computer back up should be a top priority irrelevant of whether you have personal or business data stored, and thought of as a form of insurance.

The average cost of recovering data is considerably higher than what it will cost for an effective back up solution. Data recovery from a damaged hard drive can cost from upwards of £500 depending on the amount of data you need retrieving and, as mentioned previously, the extent of the damage. The question you should be asking yourself is not could you afford either of these but can you afford NOT to have back up?

The experts at Cumbria Computer Repairs recommend a three point plan when it comes to computer back up. This simply means having your data in three different locations; in a Cloud storage system, on an external hard or DVD drive and another of your choice, such as a flash drive. This is not being over zealous, this is simply covering all bases so that if one fails you can access your data through one of the other two means. At present, your images, videos, files etc are only as safe as long as the device they are saved on remains active, don't wait until it's too late to bring your back up plan into action.