Computer Back Ups – Deal Or No Deal?

One of my favorite game shows is Deal or No Deal. There’s never been a game show like it! You don’t have to have a high IQ, be knowledgeable about prices, trivia or current events and best of all you don’t have to answer questions.

Well, just one. . . Deal or No Deal?”

This high-energy contest of nerves, instincts and raw intuition has changed people’s lives.

Contestants are confronted with 26 sealed briefcases with varying amounts of cash. Without any knowledge of the amount in each briefcase, the contestant picks one until it’s revealed at the end of the game. The risk element kicks in as the player eliminates the remaining 25 cases. This game of odds and chance unfolds as the contestant picks a case one by one.

Many entrepreneurs are working in an environment closely resembling Deal or No Deal. They risk valuable information day by day when they don’t back up their data. The odds and chance of loosing everything is high because problems like computer failure, destruction or loss by viruses, fire, or theft occur when you least expect it.

Picking cases is critical to the game Deal or No Deal. Not having your data backed up is critical to your business, yet you continue with out it. The pressure mounts as this cycle of (picking cases and) not having back ups goes on, until a problem occurs.

So before you have to face that mysterious entity “the Banker” also known as a computer technician you need to know 3 things:

  1. How to back up your computer?
  2. What to back up?
  3. Where to store your back up?

Microsoft has made it is easy to back up your computer with their back up utility for windows. You’ll find the Backup program by clicking Start, pointing to All Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking Backup. If the Backup or Restore Wizard opens by default, click Advanced mode on the Welcome screen, and the Backup Utility dialog box opens.

When deciding what to back up, all highly critical information to your business should be at the top of your list. Anything you cannot replace easily like emails, contacts, calendar entries, documents, spreadsheets, pictures, audio files, bookmarks, all customer data and your databases.

There are many storage options to explore when considering where to put your back up. The one place you don’t want to keep it is on the very computer you are backing up. The best place is an external storage device. External storage refers to any data storage format that isn’t permanently fixed inside your computer. This can range from a USB drive, CD’s, an external hard drive even on the internet.

Not having a back up can change your business. Prevent unintentionally loss of information on a computer; routinely create back ups. Without it there’s no question you will be prompted to answer the all-important question. . . Deal or No Deal?

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