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It amazes me the number of people who don't backup their data...


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You see them in these forums all the time. I mean you are messing with an OS that you are not familiar with, that may or may not be quirky on your hardware, and you may even be resizing partitions (and you've never done it before)... and these people don't backup their important data? "I lost all my <insert important stuff>!!!" Yeah, you lost it because you are friggin' stupid.

 

I see the same thing from customers all the time. "Mr. Vapor, I lost my lifes work... please help me recover my data!!!"

 

Come on people! We live in the age where you can basically get a 8 GB thumb drive out of a gum ball machine, external hard drives cost less than dinner for two and a movie, and a dvd-r costs nothing worth mentioning... and yet they STILL don't back things up.

 

I just don't get it. :D

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Heh. Try owning a computer repair store, and putting up with that "save my data" {censored} all day. I always tell them if you didn't backup your data, its your own damned fault. Its happened to me on 200gb drives that were almost full. It makes you want to bang your head against a wall, thats for sure.

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I had this idiot call me about a data recovery job. He had lost his entire doctoral dissertation to a fragged mbr/mft. I was able to recover about 98% of his data. He had the nerve to {censored} about my price and then {censored} about his file names not being intact. I was nice and even tried to help him setup a back up scheme and teach him proper back up practices. He basically ignored me and said all that was too complicated. Next time I'll send his ass to a data recovery specialist and let 'em pull the drive apart and charge him $1500 bucks.

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I had this idiot call me about a data recovery job. He had lost his entire doctoral dissertation to a fragged mbr/mft. I was able to recover about 98% of his data. He had the nerve to {censored} about my price and then {censored} about his file names not being intact. I was nice and even tried to help him setup a back up scheme and teach him proper back up practices. He basically ignored me and said all that was too complicated. Next time I'll send his ass to a data recovery specialist and let 'em pull the drive apart and charge him $1500 bucks.

 

Some of them charge higher than that. A local ISP a few years ago had a radius server crash. Tens of thousands of authentications lost. No backup. They brought it back up by the next day. They had to drive from Ripley, MS, to Atlanta, GA, then sat, and waited while they took the drive apart, double copied the data to two drives, and then they drove back. They had the server back up that morning. It cost close to $12,000 for that kind of priority. They had to tell them "price is not a concern, I want it recovered 10 minutes ago". It took them 5 hours to take it into the lab, and recover the drive.

 

I backup whats important, the rest, I can live without. Even then, the only thing I really need is a browser, and terminal. I use those to get the news. Other than that, my computers are one of my less important things. I grew up, upper middle class, then was dirt poor when I moved out. I had to make it on my own, living in my car, and now, I live upper middle class with my computer knowledge, and self-reliance. Its matter of knowing where to spend your money. I grow my own food, and kill my own meat. My water comes from a spring, and I live with my wife, her son, some chickens, goats, a bulldog, and 2 cats. The only costs to me are the house, and electricity, a rented building for my business, and it's utilities.

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