These days, computers are both a blessing and a modern torture device. Mine started having little glitches a few weeks ago. The wireless mouse kept winking in and out. Itunes disappeared with all my music. And it started getting slower and slower. One day, it crashed 4 times and needed 15 minutes to reboot. Each time. 10 minutes to get on line. Of course it was 6 weeks out of warranty. It turns out that one piece of software broke down and corrupted a few different systems. After about 25 hours with support trying to fix it, we decided the only way to really get it 100% done is to do a complete system restore! Which means losing everything. That’s the bad news.
The good news is, just one month before I had purchased an on-line backup system through Carbonite. For a pretty low fee, it backed up every single music file, video of the kids, and photograph, plus all of my documents. That was over 29,000 files all together, and a lot of data to lose. I’m not usually that lucky. Usually, the computer crashes and I cry. A lot.
The other good part about this system is that it is set up to automatically back up every file as I save it to my computer. And if I need a file anywhere in the world, I can go into their remote access section and get a copy of it.
We’re living in a digital world. We have half of our lives stored in these little boxes. And as I recently read somewhere, it isn’t a question as to whether your computer will fail, but when. It happened to me, even with regular maintenance and being fairly computer savvy. So save your self a little heartache and back up those files. I use an external hard drive AND Carbonite. (Once bitten, twice shy!) It is restoring all my files even as I type this.
I figured, if this can save just ONE person here from computer heartache, it was worth the post. And since a post isn’t a post without a photo, here’s one of those too!
Have a great day.