As mentioned in Things to Consider Before Upgrading to Vista, I just purchased a new notebook computer. I was backing up files the other day and a colleague who happened to be in my home office says “Hurry up, we’re going to be late for lunch”.
I had just done a whole bunch of work with him and felt it was necessary to back up files. He noted that the computer is brand new and should not be subject to any kind of failure for at least a while. He questioned my fastidiousness in doing a backup on such a new computer.
That’s a common misconception about new equipment. The reality is that technology can fail at any time. Just ask Making the Mogul. He tells a sad saga of his 2 month old MacBook Pro that suddenly failed and needed a hard drive replacement (for which he did not have backup files). There is some anecdotal evidence that the smaller the technology (e.g. notebook computers) the more prone they are to problems.
The truth of the matter is backing up your business files – whether you have a home based business or not – is just good business practice. Failure to do so can land you in hot water like the Mogul guy.