Disasters happen - that's just a fact.
I'm not talking about when the in-laws come to visit unexpectedly - I'm talking about loss of critical information. In today's electronic, data-driven world, people and businesses have amassed a great deal of important information that is stored on electronic devices. As anyone who has owned anything electronic will agree, they break. And, per Murphy's optimistic outlook on life, it will happen at the worst possible moment.
Aside from the inevitable failures, devices are subject to a slew of other misfortunes like fire, water damage, lightning ...