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I can not stress enough to customers that they need to back up their computers and systems. I see it on a daily basis where someone whether in a company or just a home computer user has been infected with some kind of computer virus. Now it going to cost the customer time and money to get their computer cleaned up and running properly again.
I just asked a customer if they are backing up their laptop computer. Well the answer I got was the typical no, but I had been thinking about it. Fortunately I was able to clean up all the infections and get the computer running again. There have been other situations where the person was not so lucky. You see some viruses will just encrypt your system and you lose all your data. If this is in a business situation it could be disastrous.
Okay so the question by most customers is how do I back up my system and data. Well it somewhat is depended on the operating system you are running. In other words is it windows 7, 8, 8.1 or windows 10. If it is windows 7 or 10 you can use the back up program in the control panel. You will need to have an external hard drive that connects to the usb port. I would suggest at least a 500gb or 1tb hard drive. Only have the external hard connected during the back up process. I have seen external hard drives become encrypted and now it's useless. If you are using windows 8 or 8.1 you will either need a program such as norton ghost or acronis. There are some open source back up programs, but they may not be as good.
The other way to back up your data is to the cloud with a program such as carbonite. If you go with carbonite remember you need the system to always be connected to the internet. With carbonite be aware of what package you have, because cheaper packages may only back up data. I would suggest a package that makes a complete system image and backs up the data. The one thing that customers need to realize is that the system image back up is only good for you model computer. If your computer dies , then you would need a computer built with the exact same components. The motherboard is the most important part to have the same. If the system is a brand name such as dell or hewlett packard you can not just place the hard drive in a computer that is the same model. This has to do with the legal aspects of the oem license agreement.
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