Thursday, May 17, 2012

Back Up Your Computer Before It's Too Late!!!

We've all experienced it before, our computer displaying the blue screen, the frustration after rebooting our computer over and over again, and various other emotions that quickly cycle through our heads before we realize; "...I didn't back up my computer!!!"

One may opt to investigate a service provided by Carbonite, (an online back-up service). This service can be navigated alone but for professional and dependable results Weiskopf Consulting can aid you in properly backing up your computer. Packaging plans can be found Here. Carbonite works by the way of offline data storage which ensures that your precious data cannot be lost. Carbonite is very reliable and a perfect option for ensuring the retrieval of any files lost during computer difficulties.

There are easy steps and precautions to take to ensure this problem never happens to you!
(DISCLAIMER: THIS IS BUT ONLY ONE OPTION OF BACKING UP YOUR COMPUTER AND IT IS NOT FULL PROOF METHOD. EXTERNAL DRIVES CAN FAIL)

  • Get a backup drive. This can be just about any USB external hard drive, and you can get them at most electronics stores. Try to get one that has twice as much space as your computer, so you have room for multiple backups and so you have room for all the data you might get in the future.
  • When you first plug it in, Windows will actually ask you if you want to use it as a backup. Tell it that you do. If you don't get this prompt, you can just go to the Start Menu, type "backup" in the search box, and hit Backup and Restore.
  • When you first plug it in, Windows will actually ask you if you want to use it as a backup. Tell it that you do. If you don't get this prompt, you can just go to the Start Menu, type "backup" in the search box, and hit Backup and Restore.
  • On the last screen, hit "Save Settings and Run Backup". Windows will make its first backup of your drive, during which you don't want to turn off your computer. After that, it'll make regular backups in the background as you work—you don't need to deal with it again.
For a Mac:

  • Get a backup drive. This can be just about any USB external hard drive, and you can get them at most electronics stores. Try to get one that has twice as much space as your computer, so you have room for multiple backups and so you have room for all the data you might get in the future.
  • When you plug in your drive, your Mac will ask you if you want to use that drive as a backup disk. Hit "Use as Backup Disk". If you don't get this prompt, you can always go to System Preferences > Time Machine to set it as a backup disk, too.
  • From Time Machine's preferences, hit "Select Backup Disk" and choose your external drive.
  • That's it! OS X will perform its first backup (during which you'll want to keep your computer on), and from then on it'll back up in the background with no work required on your part.

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