10 PROVEN TIPS TO SURVIVE A COMPUTER CRASH

Written by Eve Abbott, the Organizer Extraordinaire


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The backup CDs I use are 'data only' to safeguard important information in case a problem develops in between system backups. If you are going to archive (e.g., taxes) and may not accessrepparttar backup for a long time - go with CDs. CDs are more stable, and you are less likely to run into trouble with irretrievable data. Always use premium brand-name CDs (or other media). Discount media is more likely to fail.

Disk 'Cloning': For $70 or less, you can back up your entire drive (operating system, programs and data) using "disk cloning" software (Norton Ghost, Paragon Drive Backup, or PowerQuest Drive Image. You can store this "image" of your drive on removable media like CDs and ZIP disks, on tape, or on an external hard drive. You'll still have to spend a lot of time doingrepparttar 141475 backups and most people will end up with a set of at least 10 CDs for each backup, sincerepparttar 141476 copy of your drive will take up about 50% ofrepparttar 141477 storage space as your drive itself. (That's notrepparttar 141478 size of your whole drive, justrepparttar 141479 part you have filled up.)

You can get more information about disk cloning software at: http://www.powerquest.com/driveimage/ http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ghost_personal/ http://www.acronis.com/products/trueimage/ http://www.drive-backup.com/

Web: There are on-line services (e.g., www.connected.com) which will automatically back up your computer (either totally or justrepparttar 141480 changed files). This backup and restore option is limited only byrepparttar 141481 speed of your connection torepparttar 141482 internet. Some people leave their computer on all night to dorepparttar 141483 backups. The reverse process will be more complicated, because you cannot restore directly fromrepparttar 141484 web. Many information technology and graphics professionals use web services because ofrepparttar 141485 massive files they process each day.

Your backup files are stored on their server. This is good because it is off-site in case of disaster recovery. Unfortunately, your data is only as secure asrepparttar 141486 server it is on. I don't use this option, because I don't think there is any function onrepparttar 141487 internet that is as secure as doing it myself and keeping control over allrepparttar 141488 data at all times. If you don't use massive files, you don't need it.

External Hard Drive (XHD): I chose this option after my crash disaster because I can recreate my entire system withoutrepparttar 141489 wasted time of restoring my operating system and settings, downloading programs and data from backups, and resetting application customizations, etc.

An external hard drive ($200) with 'disk cloning' software lets you put your entire drive onto your backups. If you don't userepparttar 141490 ghosting software you can only put programs, and data backups ontorepparttar 141491 external hard drive, notrepparttar 141492 operating system itself. The ghosting software will enable you to make a 'boot disk' just for restoring fromrepparttar 141493 external hard drive to your main computer.

This option will allow you to completely restore your computer, if necessary (with no hard drive damage). Or, install a new hard drive on your computer and then restore immediately.

Just plugrepparttar 141494 external hard drive intorepparttar 141495 computer and startrepparttar 141496 backup, which verifiesrepparttar 141497 data. Then, you unplugrepparttar 141498 external hard drive. This takes about fifteen minutes total for my backups. After backing up, I storerepparttar 141499 XHD inrepparttar 141500 trunk of my car (in a laptop case for protection). Even ifrepparttar 141501 house burns down I still have my entire computer capability just outside in my car.

First, put an XHD ghost of just your operating system and programs with allrepparttar 141502 custom settings. Second, do a ghost of your entire system (operating system, programs and data). Third, do regular working drive data backups. Make sure any programs you ever use are inrepparttar 141503 second XHD backup, and/or in your working hard drive for your 'regular maintenance' backups.

I can get a new computer, copy everything I need and get to work. One possible downside to this; if you have to 'recover' on a new computer with a new system (different configuration and drivers), you will have trouble usingrepparttar 141504 restored system until you reloadrepparttar 141505 correct drivers and eliminaterepparttar 141506 'old' ones.

Backup, BackUp, BACKUP! So, how can you combine these different backup choices to work in your particular situation? Takerepparttar 141507 simplest method that will safeguard your information. If all you need is a diskette file box for backups - great!

I userepparttar 141508 XHD once a week for a programs and data backup. In between I use diskettes or CDs, depending onrepparttar 141509 size ofrepparttar 141510 files and how long I want to maintain them. There is enough room on my XHD to put 4 total system-program-data backups of my entire XP system into it. Once, you've done an operating system backup, unless you change your configurations or programs, you don't need to do it again. For regular maintenance, do your working 'data' drive.

If you do nothing, you are guaranteed to have a disaster sooner or later. Choose what works best for you and set a reminder to BACKUP as often as you need to stay sane when it does happen.

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Home Based Business Marketing On a Tight Budget

Written by Aneesh Nat


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Many times, business editors of newspapers are looking for new businesses to feature so it is more than likely you can get a free story about your business that is considerably larger than an ad, read by more people and is absolutely free. The same thing goes forrepparttar news media.When it comes to buying large ads inrepparttar 141461 yellow pages, it generally does not pay off to begin with. You will want to concentrate your efforts in other areas first, and if you can afford to buy yellow page space later that is up to you.

When it comes to Web pages, evaluate your business to see if it is truly applicable to you. If so, it is worthwhile to putrepparttar 141462 effort into creating a web page and fortunately there are hundreds of free web hosting companies out there that will host your site at no charge.

The most important thing when it comes to home business marketing on a tight budget is to identify your market, and then market to them via inexpensive or free methods they will respond to. If you know your market, you will know how to get their attention. Be creative and realize that good effective marketing does not have to be expensive; it just needs to be creative.

Copyright © Aneesh Nat

Permission to Republish: This article may be reproduced entirety free of charge, electronically or in print, provided it appears withrepparttar 141463 included copyright and authorís resource box with live website links.

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