At our service location we regularly hear about heartsick users who have lost data due to an accident or the failure of hardware. No matter when a hard drive failure occurs (it likely will for most of us), it is nearly always a hassle. While you may not be able to prevent the failure of a hard drive, you can effectively create a system that help reduce the loss of data and precious memories. The center of this protection is backup hardware, a commitment to periodic backups and testing to confirm that data you believe is backed up, is indeed really backed up.
Users are ultimately in charge of what is backed up and how often the process occurs. A great place to start is information you update regularly and files that are important. These items are often located in the “My” directories (My Documents, My Pictures, My Desktop, etc.). You should also consider email, favorites, financial and genealogy information. If you hope to not lose more than one week’s worth of data, make certain to save at least once a week. You should back up as often as it would be terrible to lose your data. It is also wise to periodically test your ability to restore files from your backup. At 600monkeys, we frequently have this conversation with store visitors and are eager to talk about ways to help with your computing questions. Please stop in and ask for help.
Information provided by Jim Thalacker – 600MONKEYS, 5465 Mills Civic Parkway Suite 220, West Des Moines, 327-0600.