Apparently June is Backup Awareness Month and, despite this being the first time I’ve heard of it, it’s been around since 2005 when Maxtor declared it so. Being a victim of a failed hard drive myself, I think this is a great opportunity to remind people to backup their hard drive’s content frequently as most of that data is likely irreplaceable. If you currently don’t have an online backup solution, I would strongly suggest you find an off-site backup provider as on-site (in-house) solutions such as external backup hard drives aren’t fail safe either. Check out our review of the best online backup services which includes an online backup comparison table that allows you to sort and filter online backup providers by feature, price, and support. Many of those offer free storage for limited amounts or at least a free trial period.
In celebration of Backup Awareness Month, Backblaze will be giving away a 1-year license for Backblaze’s online backup subscription ($50 value) every day for the entire month of June. In order to become eligible to win one of the 30 free subscriptions for unlimited backup you must enter the giveaway by downloading and installing Backblaze. To add further incentive, Backblaze is giving away a Nikon P90 digital camera to one user and their friend.
According to the recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Backblaze, every year 46% of computer users lose irreplaceable data and 94% of all computer users fail to execute daily backups. The online survey by Harris Interactive was conducted within the United States and included nearly 5000 U.S. adult computer user respondents that were 18 years or older. Interestingly, according to eWeek, laptop sales now out perform desktop sales. Given that notebooks and netbooks are more susceptible to damage and theft, regular daily backups of your irreplaceable data is more important than ever.
Consumers are indeed adding more digital content to their computers as the purchase and use of digital cameras, mp3 players, and camera phones continue to rise. Today’s top 3 selling laptop computers on Amazon have a 160 GB or 320 GB hard drives. Such storage capacity allows for a ton of photos, videos, music files, and documents that could be lost forever if your laptop is ever stolen, lost, broken, or it just decides to burst into flames someday (see videos below about dangers of Dell and Apple lithium ion laptop batteries).
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