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Most people and businesses depend heavily on their computers. If yours crashed, caught a virus, dropped, or was stolen right now, what would you lose? How much time and money would it take to get back up and running? Could you get all your information back? Far too many people find out after they face this issue. Be prepared and reduce the cost of an emergency by backing up your computer(s). Here is some information to help people who like to "do-it-yourself".
Step 1: Get an external hard drive.
Already have an external hard drive? Great, go to step 2.
Purchase an external hard drive large enough to make a backup of all the information on your computer's hard drive. If you have more than one computer, it would be smart to buy an external drive with enough space to back up all of them. Be sure to leave yourself some room for growth since the next time you backup you'll probably have more to save.
Step 2: Install & run backup software
Once you have a safe place to store a backup a copy of your information, now you need to get it there. There are many backup programs out there. When picking a solution here are three important questions:
1) Is it easy to run a backup?
2) Will it just save files & pictures or can it also make a complete "snapshot" of my whole computer?"
3) If I have a problem, will it be easy to restore my computer to a working state?
Many only ask these questions when they are in the middle of a crisis. Below you'll find an affordable backup solution that has worked for many of our clients that meets all three of the criteria above.
Backup Now EZ 4.0 - Recommended for home/small business users Click here to learn more & purchase Backup Now EZ 4.0
Backup Now 6 - Recommended for business users with networked computers Click here to learn more & purchase NTI Backup Now 6
Step 3: Make backing up your PC a habit
After your initial backup, we strongly recommend backing up on a regular basis. Many backup programs including the one listed above allows you to automate backups on a schedule. It only takes a few minutes to start a backup and let it run on it's own. It can take days or weeks trying to get a computer back up and running after a virus, hard drive crash, or lightning strike.
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