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A Mistake That Can Cost You Thousands Of Dollars Print

...NOT Backing Up Your Computer!

70% Of Companies Go Out of Business After A Major Data Loss
20% Of Companies Suffer A Major Data Loss Every Five Years

Computer backups are about the most misunderstood item in computer operation. On the average service call we encounter comments ranging from:

"What is a backup"
"We have never had a problem"
"We backup our data to floppies or compact disks"

Why do we backup a computer?
It is like buying insurance, costs money, but nice to have when the computer fails or gets stolen or, the house or business burns down or you accidentally delete an important document.
Two Types of Backups
(1) Data Only
Backing only the items you create, such as documents and accountings files.

This is better than nothing!!! However, are you making copies of ALL your important files? I bet, if I checked your system, you missed some important items such as all your emails and or computer settings.
If your computer system goes down, burns up, or is stolen. You will have to reload your operating system, your programs and data from your backups. Then after HOURS of doing the above, plus trying to find your email settings and all those little items you have changed to personalize your computer over the years. You MAY have a running workable computer system. This usually takes an average time of 20 hours.
Things will still be missing or lost for weeks and months, or never works correctly.
Your computer is like it just came out of the box, with some of your data installed, with all extra programs and all little things you personalize on your system, lost forever unless you spend hours and hours, finding them.
(2) Image Backup
The Best Way To Backup A Computer !!!!
An image backup is snapshot of your computer system. A perfect copy at the time it is done. Using software and an extra removal hard drive(s) or an external USB hard disk drive, you make a compressed perfect copy of all your files, settings and everything that makes your computer run. If there is problem you can reload just one item or the complete computer within a short time ( usually under 2 hours ) your system is up an running as if nothing has happened.
What ever backup method you decide is best for your situation, Always, Always make two copies.
One copy is kept onsite in your home or office and one copy is kept off site at a safe location to protect your valuable information in the event of total loss of your home or office or computer. Remember during break-ins thieves usually steal your complete computer system and a fire in your home or office will leave you with nothing.