I have recently learned a very valuable lesson (although I really should have known better). I have a new Mac computer (which I love). However, because it was new, I slacked off on backing up my information. DUMB!! My hard-drive crashed. OK, I thought. I'll just send it to a data recovery company who charges an arm and a leg but specializes in retrieving lost information. No Problem right?
Well, I received a call from the data retrieval technician who told me she was very sorry but the data was unrecoverable. What?? What do you mean unrecoverable? That information contains things I can't replace, like the multitude of pictures of my grandchildren. The before and after photos for my business. The e-mails from business associates and customers. Gone.
Hard lesson to learn but now each day, at the end of the day I am backing up my information. On a weekly basis I am storing my photos on Dropbox. I'm no longer taking any chances. The consequences are just too expensive.