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Part: 6 “Houston, We've Got a Problem” > Backing Up for the Inevitable Crash - Pg. 295

295 Chapter 31. Backing Up for the Inevitable Crash In This Chapter · Stick the entire contents of your hard drive on a backup disk · Back up only the data files that you have created · Pick a backup plan you can live with · Recover files when disaster strikes Backing up a hard disk poses the same question that airline passengers have faced for a long time: Is safety worth the added time and inconvenience of baggage checks and metal detectors? Yes. Can your hard drive crash? Yes. Can you lose all your files? Yes. Can someone steal your com- puter? Yes. Are you willing to do what it takes to recover from such a disaster? Probably not. Backing up regularly seems like nothing more than a hassle until disaster strikes. You delete a file and dump the Recycle Bin, lightning strikes destroying your hard drive, or your computer won't start no matter what you do. In the event of such a mishap, you probably could reinstall your programs, but what about your data? Would you remember all the data that you entered in your personal finance program? Do you have all the e-mail addresses of your friends, relatives, and business contacts written down somewhere? Would you be able to rebuild your spreadsheets and all the other documents that you had painstakingly created? Probably not.