Let me tell you a true story that happened a few weeks ago. A customer of ours called with an issue with their Quickbooks data. Their company file had become corrupted and a lot of the information was out of whack. The customer and I decided it would be best to just restore the company file from the previous evening, rather than trying to track down and repair all of the incorrect records. Unfortunately, the most current backup that Quickbooks had created was from several days prior. Thankfully when we started working with the client we setup them up with a 3-2-1 backup system. Since they are using a complete backup strategy, we were able to go to their nightly system backup and recover the company file from the previous night. They also have an online backup that we could have used if for some reason the local backup had not worked. We restored the company file and the customer was up and running again within just a few minutes.
This is a perfect example of why you should have multiple layers of backups for your data. You should have at least three copies of your data, on two medias, with one copy off site. Your first copy is the data itself, the second copy should be on a separate drive or storage media, and the third copy should be stored off site. The offsite copy could be a external hard drive or flash drive that you take to your home (or office), or an automated online backup. If you aren’t backing up your data you are just asking for heartache, please start some sort of backup strategy as soon as possible! If you need help setting up a backup strategy, then please contact us and we can help you out.