How many times has this happened before? You are working on a paper for school or trying to beat a deadline for a project report, and then it happens – your computer fails. It could be a virus, a hardware problem, or a network problem. It doesn’t matter. The point is that you are not prepared when something like this happens.
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that such challenges can arise, especially when you haven’t experienced technical problems for quite some time. However, when they do occur, you are reminded that they can and do happen, and you realize how important it is to be prepared for them. It’s a good thing that there are certain measures you can take to ensure that you are ready for computer failures. Here are some of them.
First, you must create a backup of your files. This is a very simple reminder, yet is often neglected. Keeping an updated backup of your files will ensure that your data will always be available even if your computer breaks down.
You can back up your files in three ways. You can have a local backup which is stored in your computer. With a local backup, it will be easy to recover your files when your computer gets bogged down by a data failure. However, if something happens to your computer, you won’t be able to access you backup files anymore. This is why you should also store your files in an external hard drive or a flash disk. And to keep your data even more secure, keep it in cloud-based storage. By doing these three things, you will never have to worry about losing your data even if your computer fails.
Second, you must make changes to your computer only one at a time. People often get excited about installing new programs, installing new updates, running fixes, and doing other things to their computers that they do them one on top of the other. However, the programs installed can sometimes cause computers to freeze. The problem with installing new programs, updates, or fixes consecutively is that it’s hard to identify what caused the computer to crash. Was it the first install, the second, or the third? Instead of having to guess which one it is, or worse, having to retrace your steps backward by undoing the changes you’ve done, practice a little patience and install programs just one at a time. You must first check if the new install works before proceeding to the next.
Finally, keep a list of important information that can help you recover your files. Information that you need in this list includes all your computer settings, network settings, email sync details, and basically everything you need in case you have to set up your computer settings all over again. These things should be written down on a piece of paper and kept in a safe place, not written using a word processor and saved in your computer. You need to be able to access this list even when you do not have access to your device.
These are three simple steps that you can do to prepare yourself for sudden computer failures. You don’t know when problems will arise and you don’t know what kind of problem you will face. Whether you will experience hardware failure, software problems, virus infections, network problems, or any other issues, it’s better to take the necessary steps now to protect your files rather than be sorry later.