I had a wonderful Christmas with family, but returned to a dead computer. Nothing happened when I switched on … eek!
Luckily (well really it’s not luck, it’s learned from bitter experience) I have an old computer that works well enough for emergencies plus computer backup software that backs up to two external hard drives. So I was able to go on working until I found somebody to fix it for me after their Christmas break.
Why am I telling you this story? Well, I hope it will help you to think about what you would do if that happened to you.
Irrecoverable loss is very common …
Two years ago my old computer had a motherboard failure. At the same time, for related reasons, Windows failed and data was wiped. I found that the computer backup software that I was using at the time had not been working properly. I had an old copy of ‘My Documents’ but I lost all emails, many programs that I had paid good money for, and a lot more.
And it’s not just me. You would not believe the number of people who email me saying they need a new download link for something they bought because their hard drive failed and they had no backup.
I hate to be negative, but I firmly believe that it’s not a question of *if* you have a major problem with your computer … it’s *when*.
So do yourself a favor, ask yourself what you will do if you switch on your computer tomorrow and nothing happens. Blank screen.
- Who will you call?
- What if it can’t be fixed?
- Do you have backups?
- How recent are they?
- What could you do to make the whole thing easier on yourself?
If you are well prepared, a computer failure is no big deal. If you are not, and you are trying to run a business, it’s a nightmare!
In case you are wondering what I do, this is the computer backup software that I use (these are not affiliate links):
http://www.acronis.com – daily backup to external hard drive (full system restore) and once a month I back up to a second external hard drive in case the first one fails.
http://www.carbonite.com – online backup in case of fire, flood etc (my documents only)
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