How to Prepare Your New PC for Imminent Failure
When you head out to buy a new PC, the first thing you should do is plan for it’s certain demise. It may not come quickly, but it will crash at some point.
Most computer users today are comfortable with working on their computer to some extent. If this does not sound like you, keep reading and I will save you some cash in the future! If you are of the tech savvy group, take notes, as some of these steps are often forgotten (even by us pros).
When you finally pull your shiny new computer out of the box and plug it in the first time here are a few things you should do:
1. Create a Backup
This should be common sense now. But I can not tell you how many people are too excited to think about it after unboxing your glorious new investment. No matter what type of computer it is, make a backup on something other than the computer itself. Whether you use an external hard drive, flash drive or DVD to do it, do it and keep it in a safe place! This step can save you hundreds of dollars if/when you need to take it in for repair later on.
2. Backup Your Computer Regularly
Again, we are talking about common sense here, so it is often overlooked. Even though you created that initial backup when you first bought your computer, you have since installed new software and created new documents. Should your computer catch one of those nasty digital STD’s we call viruses or the hard drive fails, all may be lost!
You may be able to spend a minimum of $200 on up to over $1,000 for forensic data recovery services, but you can protect your hard earned cash by simply backing up your computer as often as you can.
To make this easier, I only do backups when I install new software. Then I store all of my important documents of flash drives that I can take with me. This way if my computer dies, I can use my backup(s) to set up my next computer and all of my files are already sitting in my pocket waiting.
If money is an issue when it comes to saving your files on external hard drives, DVD’s, or flash drives, you can always use free cloud based storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Skydrive.
That’s right folks. There are only two things you actually need to do in order to ensure your data is always available, even when your computer is not. After all, our data is typically all we are worried about when the computer it is sitting on is flirting with death.
Coming up, we will be walking you through the process of properly backing up your computer. If your nice, we may even automate it for you!.
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