My elderly uncle lost his autobiography just before his death. It would have been an interesting read since he was a deputy commandant at a police academy, and he was a very interesting character. But alas, due to computer hardware failure and no backup, it was zapped. Years of work gone in a flash.

I've lost some things myself, mainly due to not having a good system for backup and restore in place.

And, in a company I worked for, they backed up so much data to tape, that they couldn't find the needle in the haystack when asked to restore something.

Now it seems to be easy to use Windows Backup, but I haven't tried to restore anything.

So what are your experiences/tales of backup and restore?