D-BUST Your Computer-Part 2 (for Microsoft users) by: Janet L. Hall ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ B stands for Backup.
Wouldn't it be nice if our computers would give us a warning before our computers * crashed *? * Warning, Warning, your computer will crash in three hours, stop what you are doing and perform a backup now!*
I truly believe that never has once critical instruction on a piece of equipment been so widely ignored then this, * make a backup of your information! *
Is it ignored because people don't have time, they forget, or they don't know how to perform this easy task?
Whatever reason, here are my 10 top reasons for performing a backup:
1. Your computer is giving you 'fatal' error warnings.
2. You've created and typed a lot of new documents.
3. You've changed a large file/report that contains a lot of graphic art.
4. You've been doing design work.
5. You've installed new software.
6. Your computer is noticeably slower.
7. You've completed a project.
8. It would be extremely time consuming to re-create your materials.
9. It would be a disaster if you * lost * your information.
10. Your livelihood depends on your computer and information stored on it.
When was last time you performed a backup of your computer files, folders, or (C:) Drive?
When was last time you backed-up your software? Things that can cause your hard drive to * CRASH *:
2. Wear and Tear
3. Power Surges
4. Improper Ventilation
7. Human Error
According to Elisa Williams, in her article *Sooner or later, you're gonna crash *:
...all hard drives eventually will fail because they are made up of mechanical parts that at some point-though it may be years and years-will wear out and malfunction. Most drives built for home use have a lifespan of about 10,000 to 50,000 hours. If you never turn your computer off-which many people don't-that time passes quickly. One year equals 8,448 hours on your [hard] drive. (http://www.newstimes.com/archive96/sep0496/cpe.htm)