When did you last back up your computer files? Seriously, when did you? Think about it. If you switched your computer off tonight and in the morning..Shock …Horror..it didn’t boot up or you had a catastrophic hard disc failure – and it does happen- what would you do?
Just take a moment to think about all the files you have solely on your computer. Photos, videos, downloaded files, music, iTunes files, etc. Some of them will be irreplaceable. You can always download that album/music track/software again, but what about those wedding photos?, Or those pictures of your newborn baby? What about that picture of a relative who, sadly, is no longer with us? What then?
Tonight I had a scare. Nothing life threatening but nevertheless, a scare for me. I have a laptop computer which has Vista installed on it. With Vista, you don’t get a recovery disc with it, you have to make your own. I’ve had my laptop for nearly 2 years. You’re supposed to make recovery discs as soon as possible so that, in the unfortunate event of any serious problem, you can restore your computer back to it’s factory settings.
I hadn’t done this….until tonight.
I turned on my laptop as usual. I waited for the login screen…and waited…and waited….and…………………………nothing happened!
After about 10 minutes, I manually switched it off. I waited about 30 seconds and switched back on again. I was then informed that my laptop hadn’t started up properly last time and the startup repair program started. I don’t know about you but the word “repair” got me worried. What was wrong with my laptop? Would it boot up correctly next time?
After about 7 or 8 minutes, it restarted and thankfully, rebooted as normal. PHEW!!!
Needless to say, I made my set of recovery discs pretty soon after. I needed 3 blank DVDs and it took about an hour and a half to complete. Time well spent if you ask me.
I still need to back up my photos, videos etc, but this was a major kick up the “you-know-what” for me!
Blank media – CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives/ memory sticks are so cheap today it’s unbelievable. You can buy a spindle of 50 DVDs for around £7.00 here in the UK. A wise investment.
So, if you’re sat reading this and you haven’t backed up your computer for a while…do it ….now. Tomorrow might be too late. It only takes a few minutes. If you’re running Vista and you haven’t made your recovery discs, make them now. Go to “Start – All Programs – Recovery Manager – Recovery Disc Creation”.