An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure
In the course of this article, I've given you a lot of information about how to react to various data-loss scenarios (both minor and catastrophic), but the best way to deal with data loss is to avoid experiencing it. This is why backup solutions are important. It's also the philosophy behind Apple's development of Time Machine as a solution that simply works without much effort. Think of this article as your guide to worst-case scenarios, but also a wakeup call to preventing them. If Time Machine in its original Apple-produced state doesn't seem like the best option for you, check back here for future articles focusing on how you can fine-tune and improve Time Machine, as well as other backup options for Mac OS X.