If you have been wondering what happened to us the last couple of weeks (I can hope can’t I?). We had a pretty significant server disaster as our nifty systems hard drive decided to slowly destroy itself and not tell anyone. Of course by the time we discovered it, we had a big mess on our hands. Well, we now have a new server and have most of what could be saved and retrieved back online. These things never happen at a convenient time, we were just about to open up our new natural vision program, key people in the company were heading out of town and so on.
So, why am I telling you all this? Well, hopefully you didn’t notice too much, other than the missing newsletter andto remind you that your computer’s health is important to keep track of as well as your own. If you don’t have a backup of your important things like your contact lists, photos, email receipts that you may need during tax time, important documents that you didn’t bother to print out when you created them, or any of that other stuff you really don’t want to have to recreate, you need to back all that stuff up. There are lots of ways to backup files, online options that copy from your computer and store on the Internet (check your Internet plan and make sure you don’t get charged extra), burning a CD or DVD data disc, and even those little thumb drives can hold a bunch of documents and photos. They also make external hard drives that plug right into a USB port that is on most computers made in the last 8 years. Also remember to backup all your electronics; phones, mp3 players, and organizers as these can be easily lost or broken.
I can assure you, the little amount of time it takes to make a regular backup will save you lots of time if a disaster ever occurs, and depending on what you keep on your electronics, it could save you some money as well. A computer has many moving components and over time they will wear out, so a system failure is going to occur. It is just a matter of when. And when it happens will you be prepared?