Back-up and Recovery
The first thing you need to knowÂ about keeping your computer running smoothly is Back-up and Recovery. As we all know computers are not perfect machines, they tend to break or crash at times. This is why it is necessary to take precautions against failures.
Backing up your important data will prevent you from losing those important files that are crucial to you. Today’s technologies make backing-up your data much easier then it was a years ago. I usually recommend that people buy a decent size portable hard drive. These drives are rather cheap these days, and can hold large amounts of data. Some techs like to get two drives, basically to back-up the back-up. Make a back-up schedule of when to back-up your important data and stick with it. This will pay-off in the long run. You may not need it for sometime, but when you do you will be glad you did. We will discuss the complete process at a later date.
In the case of catastophic system failure be prepared to recovery your computer system. Recovery is the process of bringing your computer back to original manufacturer settings. People on privately built systems will have a slightly different process which I will get into later. Most manufactures do not ship recovery CD/DVD’s anymore. Instead they build it into the computer so you can burn them yourself. So, be sure to create these disks and store them away until needed. I will discuss the Recovery Disk Creator process in another article. If your PC does not have a recovery disk creator you will need to contact the manufacture to order them. The manufacturer usually charges around 15 to 30 dollars for this service, which isn’t bad considering a Microsoft Windows Operating Systems runs about a couple hundred dollars.