Similarly, I have never lost data, whether through a drive failure, losing a USB key, any of that - and I must admit to some surprise that this is the case, given my lengthy history with IT.
The closest I have come was when I had an SSD that decided it wasn't compatible with my motherboard. Even in that instance, I changed the boot disc and had access to everything on the SSD. The one item of data I needed from that SSD was for Bejeweled 3 - a score that had taken months in the gaining, and is continuing to grow as I write.
Again - I have never lost data, or needed to rely on a backup to recover data. That said, I think I now go a bit overboard with my backup regime. Hopefully everyone here knows about 3,2,1, but I'll repeat it. This is the strategy for ensuring that when you do lose data (and yes, I continue to see it as 'when' rather than 'if'), you will be able to recover it. The strategy requires:
3 backups, using at least
2 different media (e.g. hard disc drive vs. solid state drive vs. USB storage...),
1 of which is offsite (so it won't be caught in the fire that burns down your house).
I currently have:
- an offsite plan that backs up nightly
- a local storage plan that backs up nightly to HDD
- a local storage plan that backs up continuously
- two 256gb USBs, to which I copy all of my data once a fortnight in rotation (so I have all my data in my pocket)
- Dropbox and Google Drive for my mobile devices and their photos, as well as some space with Microsoft OneDrive.
I deleted one of my backup options (not listed above) a few months ago, as overkill.
So again, draughtrider, I repeat my original statement that I have never lost data due to any cause. Having said that, I attribute my fortune to dumb luck - the backup plans listed above have only been put into place in the last five to ten years - until the early part of this millennium I had no backup. Again, though - dumb luck. Nobody should rely upon my record as some sort of proof of safety.