- I copy “My Documents” to my external hard drive.
- To free up space of my computer, I delete files off my computer, including “My Documents”.
- I’m getting some disk errors on my external drive.
The sharp-eyed amongst you, or those who have read “Backups with the 3-2-1 rule”, will have realised that at point 2, the customer no longer had a backup. They now had an original. To explain it in simple words, the only copy they now had was sitting on the external drive, which had faults on it. I was able to fix the external drive with SpinRite. And I left the customer much better educated about backups.
If you only have ONE of something, it’s not backed up.