Timely Reminder to Back Up Critical Data on Computers

I subscribe to a number of online technical magazines and noted a question posed by a reader today: “In my laptop, i was stored some important official work stored, but due to any kind of reason, I can’t open my files which is crucial for me!  So plz help me…  How can i recover Windows hard drive data?  Please provide me appropriate suggestion …??”  If you are a home business owner, small business executive or individual, data backup is critical to many operations and can’t be stressed enough.

Some immediate issues to help this user:

1) Technicians need more defined information to assist you.  Is the hard drive dead, not spinning at all or making grinding noises?  This indicates a physical error like a platter crash or read-write head crash.  Many of these issues require special equipment and recovery services.  Most IT departments do not have the equipment needed.

2) Are you receiving an error on boot, such as “system disk not accessible” or “operating system not found” or a blue screen of death (BSOD).  These errors are typically caused by the operating system, drivers, or application errors.

We can recover data from the drive in #2 using potentially either a Linux run-time disk (I’ve used Puppy Linux successfully several times) or connecting the hard drive to an Apricorn universal hard drive connector.  The USB hard drive connector can transfer data from the troubled drive to a new or different drive.

3) Do you have a backup of your data?  If not, why not?  As mentioned in a previous article here on Homepreneurs: IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE THE DATA, BACK IT UP!!!!  Use an external USB drive, a little flash drive or via your company backup policy.  If the company you work for doesn’t have a backup policy, suggest one!

Mission-critical data should never be lost.  There are far too many simple and inexpensive backup solutions for individuals and companies for that to happen.  A 32 GB flash drive – plugs into USB port – from Amazon.com is $13.79 today.  Please be smart andBACK IT UP!

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.


Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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