Computer Crash! Prevent Loss of Your Valuable Data

Have you ever had a computer crash and all your data was lost?

Most likely your computer’s hard drive failed & this happens more frequently than we’d like and for all sorts of reasons. Another major risk to your data is fire, flood or theft. The following strategies will help you to protect and recover your data.

Although the software files for the programs that run on your computer is also data, you don’t need to back that up as it is easily recoverable from the installation disks you received when software is purchased.

The data that we will focus on is “user” data specifically, the data that you create from the software programs that run on your computer.

For example, if a word processor is used to create a document or a letter, the word processor provides functions to save this data. The data that is created and saved through the word processor is “user” data. Most programs will create and save data somewhere on the hard drive.

There are many kinds of user data that are usually stored on the hard drive, do you have some of these?

  • letters you write in a word processors
  • flyers / posters for your clubs
  • business cards
  • spreadsheets
  • greeting cards you’ve made
  • accounting data from a money management program
  • picture files
  • music files
  • video files
  • email and email addresess

This is not a complete list, but to give you an idea of what you might have created and could lose if your computer crashed or in a fire or theft. Most people do not pay enough attention to this basic fact about computer systems until it’s too late. Don’t let this happen to you!

Remember, the key is “prevention” and in order to prevent loss of valuable data you must be prepared, so let’s look at some basic backup plans.

Option 1: Save your data to CD or DVD disks
This is by far the cheapest option and a very good approach to securing user data, especially if you don’t have too much. All that is needed is a CD or DVD burner and some blank disks, which cost very little these days.

When using this option, make two copies so that one of the copies can be stored off site, to protect you against fire, flood & theft. Another reason is that a CD or DVD backup can also become corrupted & it’s better to have two or more copies.

Option 2: Use a memory stick (USB stick)
This will cost a bit more than option 1, but USB sticks are getting cheaper & cheaper all the time, and holding more data as well. One advantage is how small they are and easy to carry around. I bought a waterproof one when they first came out for my client’s data and was very glad I did so, as it went through the wash twice and still worked fine! (I did have other backups though & I still use that drive today!.)

Option 3: Consider having two internal hard drives, especially if you have a lot of user data, especially big pictures or music files.

Most home computers generally all come with only one internal hard drive, which stores both software and user data. This means that this one single hard drive is experiencing a lot of wear and tear. Every time a program is launched it’s being accessed. Every single function that the operating system invokes will likely hit the hard drive etc. This heavy wear and tear can eventually lead to physical failures.

Also, many viruses are designed to hit the operating system & if the user data is on the same physical drive as the operating system, then it can be severely impacted by viruses as well. The disadvantage of this method is that it doesn’t protect you from fire, flood or theft, etc, but it is probably the easiest way to automate backing up your files.

Option 4: Attach an external USB Hard Drive to the system

With the price of hard drives getting much cheaper, this is another really good option. By attaching an external USB hard drive to the system, special backup programs can be installed and scheduled to run over night. There are many cost effective backup programs available. Some will be built into your operating system and others are available free – search on the internet and you’ll find plenty of options. The advantage of the external drive is that your work is still physically separated from the main hard drive and can be taken off-site with you.

Option 5: Online backup service
The services are fairly inexpensive (typically about $5 a month), and the best ones won’t noticeably slow down your PC use or Web browsing (after the initial large upload, at least). They also encrypt your data before, during, and after it’s been sent to industrial-strength servers. There are no discs or USB drives to worry about, either. The service can start processing and uploading files automatically on a schedule or in the background when there are enough free cycles available.

How often should you make backups?

This really depends on what your data is. If you are only using your computer for emails and writing letters, perhaps once a week is sufficient. When you’re doing work for someone else, it’s wise to keep doing incremental backups as you go, every ten minutes, every hour perhaps. It’s a decision you need to make for your personal circumstances. I personally do my backups before I go away from my work area and every night. The main thing is, remember to DO IT!

Summary

  • You need to backup your user data in case of computer crash or fire or theft
  • Back-up frequently, as often as needed to make it easy to restore your work to where you were
  • Use at least two different methods
  • Keep one copy of your backup data away from the computer (prevent loss if fire or theft)

Hopefully this helped you become more aware of the importance of your data and the need to back it up.

The options presented here are the very same methods used by many highly experience data processing centers and can be easily adopted by the average computer user. The most important point to remember is that good planning for potential disasters is the best protection against loss of valuable user data. You may not think of it this way at first but the user data that you accumulate on your computer takes time to build up and acquire.

If you value your time then you’ll value your data. Your data has a lot of value. So why not take a few simple steps to protect it.

When It Seems Like Financial Disaster has Struck

Last week my car died again. Having just spent over $1,500 in repairs to the cooling system, I was hoping to have trouble free running for a while, but then the auto gearbox stopped changing up & down properly (though reverse was fine, if I could have just turned my head around 180 degrees, maybe….!)

Anyway, the diagnosis was that the gearbox needed replacing, at an even greater cost than the previous repair, so it was time to cut my losses and get a new car & that’s what I’m doing now.

It has brought home to me, though just how badly such unexpected expenses can upset family budgets and how grateful I am to have a growing extra income from my internet marketing business. I would really like to help other people, whether young families, older folk like myself or anyone else who has a tight budget, to learn how to make extra income from an online home business. It would make a huge difference to their lives, knowing they’d never have to face such mini financial crises ever again.

Let Them Know When You Change Any Details

Today I received a very important message about keeping up to date and how not doing so could be very costly to you in the long term.

I was reading John Thornhill’s blog tonight and he mentioned that many of the emails he was sending out promoting other people’s products were dead links!

Maybe you can relate to how stupid this is if you imagine you have a bricks and mortar shop selling socks and the guy in the shop just along the road sells shoes. Now, you’ve got this arrangement where every time someone buys a pair of shoes at his shop, he tells them that you sell great socks and recommends you go and have a look. Wouldn’t this help you make some sales? Sure it would!

But what if they came along to you and you didn’t have any socks – you decided it wasn’t worth while anymore, or you couldn’t be bothered, you decided to sell handbags instead – whatever reason – wouldn’t you let the guy selling shoes know? Explain that socks weren’t very profitable these days & ask to do a deal about handbags? I’m sure you would – apart from being good business sense, it’s plain good manners.

But, you don’t bother telling him – how do you think he’d feel when he found out? A bit peeved? Probably. Likely to send any more business your way? I don’t think so. Have you helped your business? NO.

Having affiliates who send you referrals is just the same as the arrangement between the shoe seller and the sock seller. It’s a business arrangement and you need to communicate any changes that occur.

So check your sites and your links and make sure they’re up to date. You work hard to win traffic, especially targeted traffic; it’s a crime to let such referrals go to waste. I’ll be checking mine, too. Thank you John.

Planning & Action

Yesterday I spoke about not getting things I want to achieve done. Since then I’ve been thinking about this and have written down the steps I’ve taken during periods when I have been very productive. These are not my original ideas, but those I’ve found from reading books & listening to the advice of successful people.

I guess most of us know what works, or would work for us if we put it into practice, but the knowing and the doing are not the same, are they? When we lead busy lives, it is easy to get caught up in just doing what comes up and we feel we don’t have time to sit down and plan anything. This is a reminder that if we plan, we achieve more.

Plan and take action

  1. Make a list then mark the items in order of importance
  2. Focus on one thing at a time.
  3. Start with the most important/urgent thing on your list, complete it and cross it off
  4. Continue working down the list, completing & crossing off – feels good, doesn’t it?
  5. At the end of the day, put any unfinished items onto a new list along with tasks for the next day.

Take a look at your to-do list and consider what you can eliminate or pass on to someone else.

Learn to say no to nonessential tasks. If you have work plans in place, you’ll be more easily able to say “I’m sorry, but I can’t fit that in today”¦ this week¦month!

If you find yourself eagerly ‘administrating’ instead of ‘just getting on with it’, you’re probably procrastinating. Try some of these ways to stop “putting it off!.

  • Begin with a task you enjoy.
  • Avoid being a perfectionist.
  • Eliminate time wasting activities e.g. Housework (my favourite!)
  • Plan your time and stick to the plan where you can.
  • Break difficult or ‘boring’ work into sections. This allows you to approach a large task as a series of manageable parts.

Have a productive day!

Review of ˜Planetsms Digital Monthly Mentorship”

Review of ˜Planetsms Digital Monthly Mentorship”
A low cost mentoring program with tremendous value.

Many new online marketers are joining programs and sites that claim to mentor people to success, so is ˜Planetsms Digital Monthly Mentorship” any different from so many that don’t provide value, or is is one of the few that do?

I may be slightly biased in favour of this program – because I have been a member of John’s mentoring program since it began and have also bought products from him in the past. I’ve found that he always over delivers and offers great support; you might want to check out a couple of his other products here to get an idea of their quality before commiting to a monthly fee…

Resale Rights Blueprint

Your Own eBook Business

John’s mentoring program is still going strong after many months in operation, so although a great many of his other followers obviously find it to be good value too, I will endeavour to be objective in discussing this mentoring program so you can decide for yourself.

Planetsms Digital Mentorship Monthly

John Thornhill, known on ebay as planetsms, isn’t just promoting it as another make money from ebay™ type of product. He uses his ebay id as part of his credentials as a person qualified to teach others, as well as the fact that he has authored some best selling ebooks, and is an ebay powerseller.

What he says about the secret to success is to follow someone who is successful at internet marketing can’t be argued with, (provided they are teaching what they know and do to make money on the internet)

His monthly membership goes a lot further than just selling on ebay though. John teaches exactly what he does himself to generate multiple streams of income from the internet marketing arena in general.

Each month you get an email announcing that the new Digital Newsletter has been posted on the members’ site. Each newsletter reveals methods John actually uses to make money, and many of them are not just from ebay. The Monthly Audio/Video Training walks you through what he does and the strategies he himself employs. He gives details of exactly how to set up for maximum profit, with a step by step follow along video that any new marketer could easily follow. Clear and simple and with a full explanation of where he did what he did, how to do the same etc.

As well as the monthly digital newsletter, you get bonus material, all the support you need, special offers and the opportunity to ‘Ask a Question’. All questions are answered and the most popular are included in subsequent newsletters.

Included in the package are the tools required to help you succeed, e.g. private label/ brandable material to help you start your own online income.

You can also earn a generous 50% commission by promoting the package to new members.

Finally his price for membership is set at $10 per month (there are also other longer period payment options). In this John’s program differs from many other mentoring programs – most cost much more than this – so all in all, I believe that Planetsms Digital Mentorship Monthly is great value for money.

My recommendation would be to join and try it out, with the 56 day money back guarantee the small $10 risk is removed.

See the sales page here Planetsms Digital Mentorship Monthly

Best wishes

Trish

Back at Last!

It’s been a long time since my last post, but it feels so good to be back.

Unfortunately, my internet business is not full-time yet, so what with earning a living, family visits and illnesses, I was really suffering from withdrawal symptoms being separated from the fun part of using my computer. I’m almost one of those people who has to have a PC fix while on holiday!

It is my goal to have my internet business being my main source of income (do I hear some choruses of agreement out there?), but because I’m not making as much progress with it as I’d like, I recently joined John Thornhill’s coaching program. I’ve been very impressed with the information and quality of some of John’s other products and in fact, the content of those should have been enough to get me doing very well with internet marketing, but like many people, I’ve had a challenge with getting myself to actually do the work. I think it’s not so much motivation as time management skills I need to develop. Anyway, I’m certain that joining this structured coaching week by week will overcome that problem, as it has for others before me, however, as the old quote says “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”!

I’ll bring you news of how it’s all going over the coming weeks (I’m a bit behind, but will catch up soon). Because I have absolute belief in John’s genuine desire to help others, I’m posting a review his mentorship program today.

Cheers

Trish

Flip Camera test

Hello Tuesday girls

Thought you might be interested in seeing the results from my experiments with the little camera last week and seeing yourselves on the web!! Ha ha. Be nice to me!

I’m fairly happy with the quality, it’s just a basic video camera after all and a newbie operator. If you want to view the unedited result.  As soon as I learn how to edit, I’ll chop out your double chins and the carrot between your teeth (if I’m in a good mood!)

Handy Hints 1

Beginner Level

How many times have you wondered how to do a particular task on your computer but didn’t know how? How about things like create a new folder or copy and paste some text into notepad? These are simple but often a lost skill with many of the computer users on and off line, so here’s a refresher.

Computer Tip #1

Copy and paste is one task that every computer user will find they are using many times per session for many useful tasks. Say you wish to copy a portion of text into a file in which you are creating a report or project, even an article or your website content? This too is a simple skill to learn with a little practice you will be an ace at it and wonder how you ever got along without it. To copy something you must first highlight it using your left mouse button with your index finger.

You will want to start at the beginning point of the text you wish to copy and place your mouse cursor then by clicking your left mouse button. Now when you do this DO NOT let go of the mouse button which you are holding with your index finger and while holding that mouse button down simply move your mouse over the text until you reach your stop point then let go of your index finger.

Now simply move your mouse into the center of the highlighted text and then using your ring finger to press the right mouse button. This will bring up a menu with the copy selection. Use your index finger, otherwise called the left mouse button; click on “COPY” from the menu that comes up. You have now successfully copied the text and are ready to paste it into your project or a new notepad text file.

Place your mouse cursor in the blank notepad or project and then using your ring finger press the right mouse button to bring up the menu. From the menu select “Paste”. If you successfully completed the copy process your text should appear in the new text file or your current project. If not go back and try again. With practice you will find it becomes second nature to you and your speed will increase as you use it more and more.

Once you have mastered the copy and paste process this way, there’s an another very good way to do it (and my preferred method). Once you have highlighted the text you wish to copy, hold down your control key (Ctrl) and the “C” key at the same time, very briefly. This is written as Ctrl-C and does the same function as the right mouse click ‘copy’. Now move to the new area as you did before and do Ctrl-V (hold down the control key and the “V” key at the same time).

With copy and paste you end up with your text in both places. Sometimes you won’t want that, what you really want is to move it from one place to another, so instead of using copy and paste, you use cut and paste. And yes, there is a shortcut key combination for ‘cut’ too – it is Ctrl-X.

There are times when the cut, copy & paste options are not available on the right mouse menus, but Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V & Ctrl-X will still work. Practice and see which method works best for you. There are always lots of ways to do everything with Windows, Office and other programs , so you just use the one that seems easiest for you. Good luck!

Computer Tip #2

Have you ever downloaded a piece of software from the internet and couldn’t find it later? It happens to thousands of people all over the world every day! An easy way to find it later is to first prepare a landing zone or a place where you know you can always find it.

Some people use the My Documents of Windows but after downloading many files you may find it hard to find the latest file. One simple fix is to create a new folder on your desktop. The definition of your desktop is where you see icons of folder; files and you’re able to see your favorite picture as the wallpaper for your desktop.

To create the new folder is easy. First find an un-crowded portion of your desktop and then using your ring finger click the right mouse button to bring up the context menu for the desktop. There in the menu you will find a selection called “New” Then Click on “Folder”.

This will create a new folder on your desktop. You can name it something that will help you find the downloaded files. The first time you create a new folder, you will notice that the folder naming text is highlighted. To rename the folder to something more to your liking simply start typing and the highlighted text will be replaced with what you wish to type in. A good folder name would be downloads or my new files or even the month and year which will make it much easier to find those files in the future.

Now once the folder is created simply remember when you download the next file to save it in that folder on your desktop for easy and fast access.

I hope you found these tips useful; there are others I think you’ll find handy that will appear as time goes on. If there is anything you want to know about or some topic you’d like to have covered in a post, leave a comment or send me an email.