Traditional backup tools force the user to identify those documents or files containing the relevant information that they want to protect.
However, users hardly ever know in which folders they want to save the information the may need in the future. A regular Windows disk has more than 200,000 files and a myriad of different file types.
Quite often, applications use hidden files or place files in folders totally unknown to users. The last thing anybody wants to do is to search the location a certain application has chosen to store the data. Where does the drive store passwords, certificates, bookmarks or bitcoins?
Technology has immensely evolved. CPUs are fast, very fast, hard disks have huge capacities and applications are increasingly easier to use. However, backup tools continue to force users to do things they shouldn’t be doing.
A 21st century backup tool must be exhaustive. Nothing should remain outside its scope, because nowadays we simply don’t know what we can afford to lose or where the important stuff may be. Threats are forever more complex and sophisticated. The number of items we keep on our computers is increasingly higher as well as increasingly more important for our lives. Music or movies could obviously be recovered, as could applications or digital certificates, but how much time and effort will it take and what obstacles may have to be overcome in the process?
A few years ago, the economic cost and the computing resources needed to protect the full disk were significantly high. Most individual users could not afford it. But today things are different. Currently, the idea of saving everything without having to organize and structure the drive seems totally reasonable. Why? Because storage costs have lowered tremendously, thanks to Cloud Storage, and Internet speed is now much higher than corporate communications were a decade ago.
A 21st century backup tool must cover all the information saved on your computer, without any discriminations, to be sure to recover anything you may want in the future.