I read an interesting article on Yahoo news this morning: 1 in 3 laptops die in the first three years.
The survey, conducted by SquareTrade,
a warranty company, highlighted the following statistics: Looking at
the first 3 years of ownership, 31% of laptop owners reported a failure
to SquareTrade. Two-thirds of this failure (20.4%) came from hardware
malfunctions, and one-third (10.6%) was reported as accidental damage.
The complete report is available here: http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_laptop_reliability_1109.pdf
findings correlate quite well with the actual behavior of our users:
approximately 11% of our users have to do a full restore of their data
each year. Over three years, that's almost exactly the same 33% number.
Another interesting statistic from our own user base is that almost
half of all users do a partial restore each year — mostly to recover
accidentally deleted or overwritten files.
I'll bet that if you
asked the average computer user what the likelihood is of their
computer data getting destroyed, they would guess a much lower number.
Having a 1 in 3 chance that you are going to lose everything on your PC
only highlights why online backup is so important.