Some folks might think this involves golfing or perhaps the commute to work. But if you are here–you already know I’m talking about your hard drive. Probably the most common catastrophic failure of a computer is the hard drive. And if you aren’t prepared with a good backup it can spell disaster for your business.
Many of us today are running computers that are 3 or more years old. If this describes you, then it’s time to have a good disaster plan when it comes to your hard drive. It’s far easier and much less expensive to proactively replace a hard drive than it is to wait until disaster strikes.
Hard drives are spinning whenever the computer is running. There are bearings that keep the drive in place and spinning at just the right speed. Can you imagine the shape your car engine would be in if it ran 24 hours a day/7 days a week for three years? Chances are good it would be on it’s last legs if not already dead. But that’s what happens to your hard drive if you don’t shut the computer down at night.
First and at the very least–make sure you have a good backup of your data on an external drive. At least then, and when disaster strikes you can replace the drive, reload all the programs, reload the operating system, then reload the data. That process can easily take 8 hours or more. But at least you can recover.
Better yet, get a program that makes an image of your entire hard drive and saves it to an external hard drive. Then when disaster strikes you can replace the drive, reload the image (everything on the old drive) and be up and running usually in about an hour. The price for an external hard drive and a good imaging program is less than $200. Compare that to 8 hours or more to recover plus the cost of the new drive (assuming you have your data backed up).
Frankly, I think it’s a no-brainer. If you use your computer for business–the small price of a good imaging program and external hard drive is the only way to go. I recommend Storage Craft/ShadowProtect for my small business clients to create an image. There are others available as well.
Hopefully, this will cause you to stop and think! Get ready to replace that aging hard drive before it fails. Hopefully, you’ll get setup to keep an image file readily available, and current, to recover your system if disaster does strike.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions. We all know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The Pc Doctor is here to help. The next step is yours……
Have a Great Day,