How to: Prevent Data Loss
Find your lost device.
Prey can help
recover tablets. phones and laptops
Maybe those state and federal employees and admins should have
Prey is an anti-theft tracking software for your laptop, phone and
tablet that lets you remotely locate, lock, wipe and recover it if
ever stolen, or simply missing. You can also trigger
actions like sounding an alarm or show an onscreen message to let
the thief know you’re after
Backup your data, simple as that.
Beware that some backup programs only make a copy on your existing
hard drive. That will save you if you inadvertently erase your
original copy, but will not save you from a hard drive failure.
It's better to make your copies on a CD, data DVD,
or a USB Thumb drive or USB hard drive..
Many USB HDD's include the software to do back ups.
But these also have the possibility to fail, or get lost, unless you make
NOTE: DO NOT purchase Memorex
CD's or DVD's. They are JUNK.
Out of a 50 pack you'll be lucky to get 2 or 3 that will be useable.
Online (Cloud) services will securely backup your data on
it to be restored to a new computer, if that is necessary.
Probably the most recognizable are:
FREE Karen's File Backup Power Tool -
Backup your files to an external USB HDD
Here's an article from
Kind of a side by side comparison of a few.
Backup/clone the whole drive, operating system
Macrium Reflect Free Image/clone your OS.
CREATE A BACK-UP OF YOUR WINDOWS SYSTEM ( or MAC or LINUX )
If you have windows, you may have 'Recovery Media', either the
OEM disks or created them
yourself when your computer was new. That's Good, BUT, if
there's a serious crash and you use them to get your computer
running again, there's no updates reinstalled. You'll be
burdened with reinstalling ALL of them over the coming months.
Make your own back up with all updates and software installed (at
the time of creating your 'image')
Find the instructions here:
You'll also need imgburn installed to 'burn' the downloaded iso file
to a disk.
Store the disk inside your computer - tape the sleeve to the inside
of the case.
Another product that can also make a back up of your windows
NOTE: I have not tried this one
Make a backup once a year and all the updates are in there and will
not have to be reinstalled.
Only the updates that came after you made the backup will need
attention. Saving you time