Get Backup!

In life when we are knocked down or fall off our bike we are told, "get back up!" When it comes to computers this advice is often met with chagrin. "I don't have a backup", is the anguished cry I hear over and over. According to a major drive manufacturer, an increase of just 50C can cut in half a drive's life. Hard drive failures are one of the most common repair items according to PC manufacturers. After all hard drives are mechanical devices with platters spinning at up to 7,200 RPM and read/write heads floating mere nanometers above the platter surface.

Heat is your drive's enemy. Drives get extremely hot during heavy use and I often find PC cases packed full of dust from years of accumulation. This dust acts like a blanket holding heat in while it slows down fans that exhaust waste heat! The result is that one day the drive just quits, your PC won't boot, and you really need that document, or financial information right now!

Now some of you are thinking, "I don't need to read the rest of this article because I have a backup." Ask yourself these questions. If my PC won't boot can I still get my backup? Where is my backup stored? A backup on a broken drive is no good at all. Just what am I backing up? Just files, what about programs, the Registry, e-mails, contacts, etc.

Most backup systems right out of the box only copy data files like those found in the My Documents folder. They rely on your PC working fine and assume that you have just accidentally erased an important file. A true backup is a copy of every single byte on the hard drive, including all the information on how the hard drive is formatted and configured. This backup should be on a separate hard drive that is kept in a safe place. Good backup software should also have a bootable CD that has software that will run even if your hard drive is completely fried. This software will allow you to buy a new hard drive and then recover everything and I mean everything!

Quick Tip-Bit: I recommend backup software called Acronis True Image. Check it out at www.acronis.com. Purchase a good External hard drive (it should have a fan to keep the drive cool) and regularly create a full disk backup of your Internal hard drives (C:, D: etc.) to the External drive. Then when the worst happens you are ready to Get Backup! If you need a Backup system: call 763-360-2163 www.pcbitsweb.com.

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