Tuesday, February 4, 2020

“It can’t happen to me?” It does

By Nitin Paranjpye, research student

You know, it’s sad but true, but I was affected by the “It can’t happen to me” syndrome. I’d heard of hard disks crashing, people losing valuable information – but I never dreamt it might happen to me. I had enough disk space (or that’s what I thought; actually I didn’t, nor had I run defrag for I don’t remember how long), I had kept my machine safe from viruses … so what could go wrong?

AAAAARGH! My hard disk crashed!

Of course, I’m not stupid. I had been backing up my files. Only, for the past month before the crash, I just hadn’t had the time – I was applying to some American universities, and coping with the work in the office where I worked. So I lost just a month’s stuff. But whatever it was, it’s gone! Some of it I’ll find somewhere else. Some of it I may never find.

The value of what I lost? I don’t know. If I had to put it all together again – maybe $3,000. Maybe $5,000. It’s difficult to say. It was a whole month’s work! And the hassles and angst – I don’t know how to cost those.

All that was in May 2008. Now I use Organyze. I’ve configured it in a way that all my old stuff is backed up in an external drive with just one extra version. My current folders are backed up in three different places, including an external drive, on an internal disk, and on an online site.

The backup happens daily at 5.00 p.m. automatically without my doing anything. It takes between a few seconds and a minute or so, depending on how much work I’ve done during the day. But I don’t even notice that the backup is happening.

Of course, in the beginning I had to spend the time (it took me at least 10 minutes) to configure the backup. I’ll tell you it was a pain. I wondered why Organyze couldn’t have made it easier. But I did it – and now I’m a free person!

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