Do you think you already know everything? Think again. There is a huge amount of materials that tell about the best practices of backup, data storage and disaster recovery. We decided to help you avoid unpleasant surprises and problems and devote this article to analyzing the mistakes that most customers make.

Stop avoiding backups

According to research, only 8% of respondents make backups every day, 16% make a backup once a year, and 25% do not do it at all. As BlackBlaze portal says "Data disasters, like ransomware attacks, floods, and fires, can easily cost a business thousands of dollars in recovery expenses".
Doing nothing is one of the worst approaches. You hope that regardless of your (or outsiders') actions, everything will work perfectly, but no computer can guarantee this to you – sooner or later you will lose data and regret it.

You cannot rely on data recovery tools and services

If you accidentally deleted a file from your MacBook, there is a chance that it can be restored using special data recovery programs. If this could not be done (for example, if the drive itself was damaged), then there is only hope for specialized data recovery companies. However, to believe that you can use one of these methods is simply stupid. Sometimes the cause of data loss is theft or an unplanned meteor shower, as a result of which you simply will not have a disk on which all of the above operations could be performed.

Don't rely on autosave in the question of backup

Indeed, some applications perform automatic document saving, giving you the opportunity to start from where you left off, even if the file was never saved with a name. However, not all applications work this way. But even if they work, there are always situations when users accidentally or by mistake delete autosave files. It's no secret that most backup systems assume that the user will at least save and name the file – often autosave is enabled only after this step.

Do not make backups manually

There are many people who backup the entire system (or at least parts of files) whenever their heart desires, creating clones or copying files to another disk manually. Of course, this is better than nothing, but this is a very unreliable and unstable approach – there are a thousand and one reasons not to make a backup one day. And according to the law of meanness, it may well happen that you will lose data exactly on the day when you forget or do not have time to perform a backup. Therefore, automatic backups are a more reliable option. Even, perhaps, the best.

Do it normally – it will be fine!

It's great if you are convinced that your data backup strategy is perfect and devoid of the described disadvantages. If so, we hope you were interested in taking a look at how the remaining 92% of the population live.
However, if you recognize yourself in at least one of the points, do not rush to get upset. We've all been through this. It is necessary to understand mistakes and correct them, especially when it comes to the safety of important data. Just make a backup right now, after reading the article, taking into account the errors mentioned above.