Let’s face it; if you went to sleep in the mid 1980’s and woke up today, you would probably go into shell shock. The modern computer then was a Commodore 64. It started up slow and continued to run slow, but for its time it was the greatest invention on the planet. You could chat with anyone from anywhere, at a premium of course. Nowadays, the computer is a staple in nearly every home. It’s something you and every member of your family rely on to do work, apply for college, a job, play games, handle finances and yes chat with family and friends, only this time for one monthly fee.
It’s also safe to say that if your computer were to suddenly crash you would have a lot to lose. No doubt, your computer has numerous saved files, each containing something of importance to you. Luckily for you, advancements in technology also brings with it professionals trained to identify and fix data recovery problems. Unless you have an understanding of your computers components, it’s never a good idea to open it up and start checking pieces. First of all, you don’t know what you are looking at. And secondly, sensitive connections cannot have exposure to air. You can actually cause permanent damage. Instead, shut the system down and either take it to someone or use an online system to enter the system and go from there.
Instead of waiting for the inevitable crash and burn and possibly losing important files and priceless memories, there are things you should do to protect your information. Performing a weekly backup on your system is not just a smart thing to do its necessary. You don’t have to be a computer geek. You simply insert a diskette, copy the files to the diskette, remove and store in a safe location.
Despite their many uses computers are a machine and as with any electronic device comes with an expiration date. The brain per say of your computer is the hard drive. It reads and stores files. You know your finances, wedding album, birthday videos, music, email and other documents. It’s usually not something that just happens. In the beginning, there are subtle signs that something is going wrong. You might experience slow start-ups, freezes or have trouble saving a file. As the hard drive worsens, you can expect missing files, relocated files or a terrible metal on metal grinding sound. At this point you have two choices locate a data recovery service or purchase a new computer. It’s also important to remember that if you notice a problem to back up your system as soon as possible. This could safe you countless hours of having to redo your work.
As you progress further into the technological age, so does your reliance on these electronic devices. Think of your computer as your car. It takes you to where you need to go and allows you to stop along the way. If you turn the key and it doesn’t start, you don’t get to go anywhere. Taking a few minutes weekly to back up the system guarantees you’ll enjoy the ride.