in the Flow ~ Stay Secure and Serene...
backing up your computer.
ARTICLE # 912
on "Being the Master of your Electronic Domain".
The “Zen” of
Want to have peace of mind in
case your computer stops working? Learn how to back it up.
You’ve no doubt heard the term “backup”, and that it’s something
important, but are you doing it? If you said
no, you’re not alone. This is one of the most important things
computer users need to know, yet most difficult to get people to
The reason most people are
not diligent about protecting their data is because they are
either; uninformed as how important this is, uneducated on how
to do it, or lack the practice which would make it automatic.
Even people who have had computers fail, with resulting loss of
data, frequently don’t learn this lesson. The path of least
resistance for many people is to buy a new computer, even though
a new hard drive may be all that’s needed. However, if the
computer is older, buying a new one may make more sense. We’ve
had clients ask us to reload whatever documents they happen to
have onto their replacement hard drive, or new computer – only
to continue putting off the “backup" lessons we advocate. We
just recently worked with a client who was in a heart breaking
situation, where a new hard drive was needed (on their
business computer!) and their company data and tax info was
incomplete because it hadn't been backed up for a while. I feel
so strongly about remedying this potential problem for others,
that I was compelled to make this the subject of today's
Most often, procrastination
is just “fear of the unknown”. If you are not sure on how to do
something, you tend to put it off. However, knowing how to
easily backup the important data on your computer will give you
mastery of your own domain, and peace of mind.
Getting into the “flow” of
backing up your work is simply a matter of becoming good at it,
a “Master”, if you will. Then, you only need the discipline to
do it at regularly scheduled times. Zen is described as “being
in the flow, a state of control that is simultaneously
effortless and masterful”.
KIST would like to get you
and in the Green
In recent years I’ve noticed
more and more bad programs infecting computers. By bad
programs, I mean; viruses, malicious software, spyware, and bad
updates to software. It’s getting harder to remove these bad
programs. We are now telling all our clients to not only backup
their files (like photos, music, spreadsheets & documents) but
to backup the entire computer, software and all.
This will save you time and
money if your computer becomes infected, or if your hard drive
breaks, or if you simply want a new computer. Some of our
clients have lost their software discs – and – the software
license. And there are some who have performed software
upgrades but have no records of which ones. This is troublesome,
because they have no way of getting their programs back if their
computers should stop working. *But - if they had backed up the
entire computer - Problem Solved !
The time it takes to restore
a computer with a backup is around one to three hours. Without
a backup, you would need to re-install software, re-configure
software, and load the data (if you did not lose it). This
could take days, cost hundreds of dollars and really “harsh your
Back Up Devices:
External Hard Drive:
These drives fit in your hand, and can hold a tremendous amount
of data. Best of all - they allow you to restore your entire
computer. It’s a wonderful feeling to see everything put back
just as it was before a crash. We feel strongly that everyone
should have this. It could save you the expense of a whole new
computer and software.
Drive: This is a small portable backup drive. Only
three inches long, it has the capacity to store your important
documents, music, photos or finances. You can even put it on
your key chain, so you always have it with you. Forgot about
bringing the laptop along, and just bring your thumb drive to
use on your office computer.
KIST’s training starts with
finding out the size of your hard drive. We then purchase the
correct external drive for you. We’ll also purchase and install
the necessary backup software. We do this for you to make sure
you’ve got the right equipment - so we can guarantee our work.
We then teach you each step
to perform a routine backup of your entire computer (and the
selected files if you’d like on a thumb drive). Together we’ll
also do a test to restore the computer data. Additionally, you
get personalized notes covering everything we did, so you can
reference them in the future, and be your own “Master”.
Peace of Mind
hard drive $140
· Backup Software
· Install, Training,
· Thumb Drive (not
Cost - $270
Cost of peace of mind - Priceless *
“Peace of Mind?"
KIST can perform regularly
scheduled backups for you
Schedule your "Backup
101" course today. With our remote software, it's so easy -
you can do this in your pajamas!
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