A friend of mine recently asked whether she should pay to have her laptop repaired or just buy a new one. Repaired for what? The hard drive had died, taking all of her data with it.
If you don't have some kind of cloud-backup solution in place, you're facing the same potential nightmare. I don't bother with whole-system local backups anymore because they're time-consuming and a hassle, and restoration rarely seems to work properly. Rather, I protect just my data, which can easily be restored to any PC (or just accessed online).
That's my long-winded … Read more