BAD THINGS DO HAPPEN BUT…..
One thing that one learns during life’s journey is that bad things happen. While there are no consolations to some of life’s tragedies, computer issues can be easily overcome.
A good doctor can minimize a health problem and a source of good computer advice can minimize a computer problem. What would you do if your computer suddenly wouldn’t power on? These kinds of things always happen when you need a particular piece of information off your computer.
You should confirm that your assumptions about computer operation are verified. “My backup drive doesn’t work… I moved all of my pictures to the backup drive to save space….“ This is one myth that everyone should know is bunk. A backup drive is nothing more than another hard drive that is used to store information. That drive can fail! If you don’t have any additional copies of your files, those files may be gone forever.
What is the advantage of a backup drive, if it can fail? The backup serves as an additional source of your files. If the primary hard drive fails, you have a backup. If the backup drive fails, you have the primary and can recover your files. Replace the backup drive and copy any important files and you are good to go.
If you don’t know how to do something, ASK! “If I keep trying to start my computer, eventually it starts…” Your computer is not like an old car on a cold day. Older cars required longer starter cycles to start your car. Computers should always start reliably. If your computer requires more than one attempt to start it, something is wrong and should be diagnosed before it refuses to start.
Most people usually have upgraded their computers over time. Consider keeping your older computer as a backup. That older working computer shouldn’t take too much room. Keep it around in the event that the new computer fails. There is no need to keep every computer that you have ever owned. One spare should keep out of trouble in the event of a failure.
There are some nice programs available that are able to assist you to repair your computer but you need to make sure that you understand the operation of that utility. Can you reinstall windows on your computer without a degree in advanced computer science? Yes but you need to understand what happens during the windows installation. You may lose your information if you don’t understand the windows installation process.
While you may not be able to anticipate every bad computer situation, a little planning can minimize any inconvenience. Don’t become paralyzed with fear but consider, “What if…”.