Have you ever wondered what you’d do if/when your home computer crashed? At the risk of appearing paranoid, I’d say the probability of your computer crashing is less “if” and more “when”. Here’s why I say that…and by the way, remember that old saying that “just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you!”. Back to my reasons for paranoia; there are many ways your home computer can get hosed up, crashed, nuked, etc.,etc. these days. Here’s a list of a few.
Some or all of these problems may require some help to repair your computer, depending on your level of experience. In any event, you’ll get back to normal sooner if you’re able to restore the “stuff” on your computer once it’s fixed. Data recovery is possible if you’ve saved or backed-up your data prior to the crashing event. I repeat: Data recovery is possible if you’ve saved or backed-up your data prior to the crashing event.
This is something that’s extremely important to the well-being of your computing experience and your own peace of mind that you’d think everyone would be doing it. Well…it’s my experience that the majority of home computer users are not backing-up their computers. The ones who are doing back-ups on a regular basis are those who have technology experience and/or have had a computer crashing experience of their own in the past.
There is some good news in all this gloom. There are backup and restore software packages that will automate this function for you. Yep…they’ll run on a scheduled basis without any intervention by you, and then when you need to restore your computer after a crash the data will be there for you.
There are packages which can be purchased, free software to be downloaded, and Microsoft includes one in their Windows operating system. Here’s a link to the Microsoft page that shows you how to use theirs…even has a video on what to do to set it up.
Data backup and recovery will make your life a lot easier in the event of a computer crash. But only if you prepare in advance for that event by using a good backup and restore package. Do it now…it’s that important.
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Home computing is a blast…keep it safe, productive and enjoyable.