I harp on backing up for a reason. As I've said many times, it's the single most important thing you can do, now, to protect your data, your accounts, and your digital life from almost any disaster. I just can't overstate its importance.
You can imagine my frustration, then, at how often I hear from people who've lost data -- sometimes lots of incredibly important data -- because they suffered some kind of failure without having that safety net.
This week's featured article goes into more detail and includes a couple of examples.
Also this week:
It is sometimes possible to recover deleted files from old external disks. Emphasis on sometimes.
Ah, the "nuclear option" ... reformatting and reinstalling Windows. That reformatting part can be a little tricky, so I'll show you how.
Any backup is better than no backup at all, but it's important you understand the ramifications of where you choose to back up.
Have a great week!
This Doesn't Need to Happen
That's a quote from an email I received from someone who, honestly, I expected better of. He's a prominent figure in my industry, and someone who has a large team of people supporting him.
To have a simple computer crash cause “huge” data loss … well, as I said, this doesn't need to happen. Ever. Not to him, and not to you or me.
Sadly, he's not the only one running the risk.
Continue Reading: This Doesn't Need to Happen
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This Week's Articles
Can I Recover Old Files from an External Hard Drive?
This is another question that gets my most common answers: “maybe” and “it depends”.
It might be possible to recover old data from an external hard drive — or any hard drive — as long as a few conditions are met.
I'll review what those are, and then I'll recover some files from an external drive I recently formatted.
Continue Reading: Can I Recover Old Files from an External Hard Drive?
How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows?
To reformat and reinstall is the computer equivalent of erasing the chalkboard and starting over with a completely blank slate.
To a computer, that means erasing the hard disk and starting over with nothing.
That phrase “erasing the hard disk” is exceptionally important, and important to understand fully.
Continue Reading: How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows?
Can I Back Up Files to a Separate Partition on the Same Hard Disk?
Yes, that would work, but…
There are risks. From what I can see, you're running a huge risk before you even begin.
Continue Reading: Can I Back Up Files to a Separate Partition on the Same Hard Disk?
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