Retrieving & transferring data
Like cars, computers need servicing as their parts fail and need replacing, and software upgrades and gets corrupted as well.
Also, when you upgrade to a new more suitable computer or laptop, you will likely want your data transferred across and set up EXACTLY as you use it (see Set up New PC).
In case of computer failure we will endeavour to:
- extract your data
- transfer it to a USB or external hard drive (supplied by yourself or you can buy one from us)
- transfer data to a new PC or laptop
Don’t risk losing your important data.
Take these two actions to minimse wipeout:
- book a service your computer (6-12 months for a business, annually for personal).
- set up /check your back up system (an online and storage file method is described below)
External Hard drive
Even if you are storing online, it is recommended you set a time (weekly to monthly for busines, quarterly for personal) to back up your Documents, emails, photos, videos, desktop settings and any other software storage files.
Cloud back up
Backing up to the “cloud” means that your data is stored at the storage company’s server and you can retrieve your data when you log on, when connected to the internet. A storage company may offer a certain amount of free storage space and then charge for larger amounts (measured in Gb gigabytes).
An example of cloud storage is:
- Google Drive
Recently, SasS (Software as a Service) companies have become very popular and offer services like accounting packages on a subscription basis and store your files on their server (so you don’t need to worry, only log on with your password). Saunders IT recommend you also keep a physical back up of any important data as even very big companies like Apple can have failure in their systems and you can lose files.