A 21st century fear: Have you backed up your data?

After a few days away, I boot up the desktop. It hangs in limbo. I switch it off at the power point. On reboot, all is fine.

A power outage plunges desktop into blank-screen limbo. Restart looks fine except the mouse and keyboard don’t work and panic hits when I don’t have access to any of my files. Googling eventually points out a kludgy solution – maybe the new Windows version snarls up some software, eh?

I cannot describe the terror of losing all my data. I’d rather watch the home burn down. Do I back up often enough? The answer is yes. Are my backups diverse enough? The answer is yes. Is recovery certain? The answer is yes.

Does my fear abate? No.

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