No one really thinks about how much a PC crash would affect them until it happens. At that moment, you probably get a sinking feeling and wonder just how bad it’s going to be.
Some PC crashes are just a random glitch and you don’t lose anything. Others are much worse and you lose everything.
While you typically think about the files you’ve lost, you might not think about how much time you lose after a PC crash. Depending on what you lose, you could spend days or weeks trying to recover everything.
Computers Crash More Often Than You Think
Before you think it can’t possibly happen to you, it’s important to remember that PC crashes happen far more often than you might think. They can crash for a wide variety of reasons (some of which you can fix) too, such as:
- Driver failure
- Corrupted program and operating system files
- Malware and viruses
- Hardware failure
- Errors with applications
The one thing that always holds true – you never know when it might happen. You could be in the middle of an important term paper or business document, only to have your PC crash. How long was it since you last hit save? Even if you could boot back up, the file could be corrupted from your computer crashing while the file was open or you may have lost everything you hadn’t already saved.
To show that it happens to everyone, backup company Backblaze had a 1.2% hard drive failure rate in the first quarter of 2018. While that doesn’t sound like much, it still means 288 hard drives failed. Overall, most hard drives last anywhere from 2-5 years. Of course, that doesn’t count failures from power supplies, motherboards and other hardware.
Backups Don’t Cover Everything
You might not be too worried. After all, you may back up your data regularly. However, 24% of people never back up their files and only 6% do so daily. When you think about everything you do and store on your PC, frequent backups are a must if you don’t want to lose all your hard work. For most people, weekly backups, which 11% of users said they did, are sufficient.
However, those weekly backups don’t cover everything, such as file changes in real-time. For instance, if you were working on the next big novel and your PC crashed, do you have a backup of your most recent changes? If not, you could’ve just lost a chapter or more.
Consider What You Could Lose
Take a moment to think about what you could lost right now if your PC crashed. You’d probably think about your pictures, music and documents. What about the files currently open on your computer? A random crash could corrupt them and make it impossible to recover.
Take this a step further and think about all the time you spent creating all those files. How much time did you spent researching, writing and editing your paper for class or a short story for a contest? Not only could you lose those files, but you lose the hours of time you put into it.
The Cost Of Unsaved And Corrupted Documents
The big question is what is the real cost of unsaved and corrupted documents after a PC crash? The biggest cost is your time. For instance, one novelist kept track of her time and it took 222 days of roughly eight hours a day to finish her novel. All it would take is a single crash to corrupt the file or, at the very least, delete anything that wasn’t saved up until the crash.
Maybe you’re a blogger. If so, a PC crash could cost you over three hours of time if you didn’t have a real-time backup of your post. Any time that you’ve put into a document or file is time you lose after a PC crash. Odds are, it’ll take you even longer to create a new version, mainly because you’re frustrated and angry.
Of course, you also lose time in trying to recover files from a crashed hard drive, if that’s the case for you. If you can’t recover the files, you’ll have to buy a new computer or format your old PC. Either approach requires even more hours of your time. The end result is you lose multiple hours for every document you can’t recover.
Preventing Lost Time And Files
You don’t have to worry about these issues with real-time cloud backups. For instance, WPS Office Premium includes 20 GB of cloud storage so you can store your irreplaceable documents in the cloud and even work on them from the cloud. This means you never have to worry about a PC crash ruining your documents ever again.
Frequent backups are crucial to saving time and your files. It’s always better to take a few extra moments to save and/or backup a file than risk losing it.