Properly Backup Data

backup dataFor those of us who make a living on the computer, computer data can be very important to us. It is for that very reason that the loss of computer data could almost destroy us, and most certainly destroy a business. This is why we must properly backup data.

Losing your data can be very overwhelming, at the very least, it is problematic. Computers are machines, and machines fail. Even though computers are more reliable than years past, mechanical failure will eventually happen. However, you do not need to just take this lying down. You can fight back by ensuring your precious data is always backed up. At a very minimum you should back up data once a week. You should back it up more if your use dictates it.

In the past, the floppy disk was used to backup data, but now we have external drives and cloud services to back up our computer data. These newer methods of backup may sound difficult to use, but they are not. There are cloud backup services that are very user friendly.

You should look at backing up your entire hard drive initially and to get to the level you should be in your backups.
Doing a full backup of your entire drive is great, but it is very time consuming and can take several hours sometimes. Even though it is time consuming to back up your entire drive, you will find it to be time well spent. Especially if your one of those who have lost data without a backup in the past.

No matter if is for personal use, business or work related, you can never be wrong when you backup data. Still, losing data is a headache, but losing data without a back up can be catastrophic and costly. Data backup in itself will save you lots of effort, time and even money in the long run.

Give a call to discuss your data backup options.

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Should I Upgrade or Buy a New Computer?

Well, it is going to depend on who you are asking! A salesperson in a department store will almost always recommend a new computer. However, when you get down to the real nitty gritty with a trained computer technician, you will often find there are more (and much cheaper) options than you may have thought, like an upgrade.

You can start by taking stock of what you currently have. Sometimes an upgrade is just not worth the trouble and that will be painfully obvious. As an example, if a car is thirty years old and is sucking down a constant supply of special fuel while you watch the road whiz by through the holes in the floor…it may be time to replace the old rust bucket. But, if that car is a recent model and somewhat modern, and in reasonably good shape but happens to stall at the occasional stop light, a few quick fixes can be just what the doctor, or mechanic in this case, ordered.

Now, if your computer does need to be replaced, chance is that you already know this. However if you are not sure, and some days it could go one way or the other, the following information will help. In this post we have put together a walk through of the most common upgrades and the impact they will have on your computer:

Video Card Upgrade:

It might not be the computer that is getting old, but your video card. Games are getting more demanding and the days of stick figure animation is gone and replaced by more lifelike 3D as the new normal. With this improved user experience comes a gigantic strain on your computer resources. If you are a gamer, or have one in your home, then you can, most times, super-power your computer with just one component – a new video card. This can be a necessity for hardcore gamers because some newer games will refuse to install if the video card does not meet the minimum specification requirements. Do you, or someone in your home, love smooth animation and a responsive gaming experience? We look to stay aware of all the new games and can match your gaming desires with the right video card.

Hard Drive Upgrade:

One popular option, in both speed and size, is a new hard drive. Computers running out of space is less of a concern and a problem these days, but speed of the drive is a major concern. Most likely you have sat with your thumbs twiddling while waiting, and urging, a file to hurry and finish copying. Most upgrades are usually to an SSD (Solid State Drive) that has no moving parts that will wear out and can transfer/find data in a flash. Boot up time with an SSD is lighting fast! Not only that, but you will have the ability to keep your old drive for general storage, complete with all your existing data/.

Memory/RAM Upgrade:

Cheaper computers are under powered from the day you buy them and walk out of the store. The truth is that most computers purchased at a department store can use at least another 4GB of memory and oomph! Sometimes though, even a really great computer can fall behind as new applications come out and use more resources. Investing some extra money into some Memory/RAM can revive your existing computer and set it up for a couple more years of happiness.

Where Do You Draw The Line?:

There are other upgrades; like CPU (the brains) and the motherboard, but when we get into that territory it is really time to get a full replacement computer. You will save money by getting a computer that meets your needs and can grow with you.

Is that computer of yours letting you down? Give a call to help you with selecting a new computer or upgrading your current one.

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