You Need Backups Because Stuff Happens

Over the weekend I had a chance to spend some time with a friend of ours, taking in the sights and sounds of Comfest. She was regaling me with the story of what happened to her apartment during one of the recent evenings of strong storms that we’ve had around here.

It seems that the apartment management company had brought is some roofers to redo the roof of her building. Unfortunately, said roofers did not properly seal off the roof, and thus when it stormed, and it rained a ton, she came home to find the carpet squishing beneath her feet!

Now, you might think that living on the highest floor of the building would allow her to keep her PC on the floor without threat of water, and in this case you’d be wrong. She had told me about this the day after it happened, and since the water was limited to the carpet, I assumed there was a good chance that just the bottom of the case had gotten wet, and advised her to be sure it dried before powering it on, but that it would probably be ok.

Little did I know, however, that a few days later, the apartment management folks would have someone in to repair the drywall in her apartment (the place where the water leaked in was right along the wall between two rooms), and they would do the dusty drywall work without covering anything up, including her PC!

So now you had moisture at the bottom of the case followed by who knows how much drywall dust finding it’s way into the case and creating static charges, all without leaving the room it was located in!

Luckily, the only apparent damage was the video card, and the apartment complex had someone come in and fix that for her, but it could have easily been more serious, especially when you start talking about moisture and dust creating electrical surges.

It just goes to show, you never know what’s going to happen to your machines, do you have a decent backup plan?

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