At least a few times a week we work on systems that are inoperable to the point where data recovery is required. Sometimes these situations can be resolved by advanced or “clean room” data recovery but that can get VERY expensive. In most cases our customer doesn’t have any sort of data backup in place. Many own external hard drives or flash drives but backing up your files and pictures always seem to be pushed to the bottom of the to-do list and often just doesn’t get done at all… This highlights the need for an automatic, online cloud backup solution.
There are many solutions out there which can accomplish this task. For many years we have been using the Carbonite cloud backup solution. It automatically backs up your files whenever they are added to your computer or changed. As long as you have an Internet connection, your files will ALWAYS be backed up in a secure data center. The annual cost for the basic solution is only about $60/year which is less expensive than even the most basic data recovery case. The software is very easy to install and use. There is also a free trial available if you want to try it out but this really isn’t necessary because it just works. To purchase the software or get a trial, simply click this link.
Our gift to you this holiday season: Below you will find a few helpful tips which will hopefully avoid some common problems.
1.) When you do turn off your computer (desktop or laptop), shut it down using the built in Windows function. How to do this will vary depending on the version of Windows that you are running but generally if you right click on the Windows icon you will see a power button with a shutdown option. If you have a laptop, make sure that it turns off before you pack it up for travel.
2.) When you start your computer and log into Windows, allow the system ample time to completely start up. Even though it may appear ready to start up programs, other system processes and programs are being loaded in the background. If you allow a little bit of time for these programs to load, when you do try and start up your Internet browser or other program the response time will be much faster.
3.) If you have a laptop or notebook, don’t just close the cover and travel with the device instead of performing a full shutdown (see #1). In most cases when you just close the laptop it puts the device in a sleep mode. Depending on the manufacturer and model the sleep mode may or may not actually completely power down the system. If is not completely powered off (or decides to wake up) the system can be damaged due to overheating (especially if in a bag) and vibration if carried around while the hard drive is spinning.
If you have any questions concerning these tips or any other issues please feel free to contact us at: http://computer-repair-now.com
On July 29, 2015 Microsoft made Windows 10 available (for free) to owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Overall I think that Windows 10 is a better release than the prior versions but as with any new operating system, you really don’t want to be an early adopter unless you are living on the edge. There are still hundreds of unresolved compatibility issues especially for older systems and the install process, while a significant improvement over prior operating system releases, still does fail from time to time. If you can’t resist the temptation to upgrade right away, do yourself a favor and take a good backup of your files before you upgrade.
If you upgrade to Windows 10 and it just doesn’t work right for you or you wish to go back to Windows 7 or 8/8.1, Microsoft provides this functionality. It seems to work pretty well but this option is ONLY available for 30 days after you upgrade to Windows 10. After that point the files containing the data required to revert to your old operating system are automatically deleted by Windows. If you are on the fence, please make sure you make up your mind before the 30 days expire. If you need assistance with your upgrade or run into an issue, you can always contact us at http://computer-repair-now.com