How to Survive A Hard Drive Crash: What You Can Do Today


There’s been a massive digitization of the population, which despite keeping everyone entertained and connected, comes with one gaping flaw – a hard drive crash could wipe out your data in an instant. Nobody’s immune, even grandparents routinely rock the latest smartphones and post on Facebook. Nearly all schoolwork is done on computers or tablets, ebook sales far outstrip their paper cousins, and photo printing is a rarity. Unless there’s a physical requirement like putting a photo into a frame, all our data is staying digital. People’s entire lives, their memories, and work are on personal hard drives, yet a large majority of households have no backups.

If you’ve ever lost your data or had your computer stolen, you know the panic and rage that follows…turning the house upside down, hoping desperately to find that USB stick that maybe your data was copied to, once upon a time…before collapsing onto the couch as it sinks in: there’s nothing left.

While hopefully your hard drive is still in good shape, surprise failures do happen. The mechanics don’t last forever, and even brand-new drives can be blitzed by a power surge. Theft is always a risk, as is user error like deleting files accidentally, or even getting hit by a nasty virus that destroys or holds your files for ransom. That last one is tricky. Most households are using apps like Dropbox, iCloud or OneDrive as their backup, thinking if their hard drive crashes or gets stolen, they’ll just download the files from there. Unfortunately, those very handy apps are no help if you’ve been hit with ransomware. Almost instantly as the malware encrypts your local files until you pay up, those sync apps upload the infected versions – for your convenience. Older, safe versions of the files no longer exist, because these apps are designed to give a constant mirror of your drive, not a backup.

Stop for a moment and think about what you’d lose right now if your hard drive failed. What’s on there? Household management files like tax info, warranties you’ve scanned in, photos of your children or grandchildren, videos of first steps and school plays, maybe even your wedding video? While some losses are merely inconvenient, like recreating your budget or rebuilding your recipe collection, other losses are heartbreaking. It’s not a feeling we’d wish on anyone!

What You Can Do

Backing up at home used to be something only tech geeks did, but like everything cool, it’s gone mainstream. We recommend a 3-2-1 approach: 3 copies of your data, with 2 local at your home and 1 offsite.

Typically, this means keeping your regular hard drive where your data is now, one copy of precious files on a backup USB drive, and one that automatically uploads to the secure cloud as you add new files. That way, the USB drive protects your data if your computer dies, and the cloud copy protects you if something happens to the computer and your USB drive, like fire, flood or theft. It’s a good idea to make sure you unplug that backup USB drive afterwards and pop it into a drawer, as connected devices can easily become infected during an attack or stolen during a break-in.

Two of these methods require you to actually pay attention, which is where many households struggle. It’s a rare home where someone takes the time to sit down each week and carefully run a backup. Not that it’s tricky, but unless you’re one of those cool geeks it’s pretty boring and not a high priority after a long day! That’s why we recommend a cloud backup solution or letting us take care of it remotely.

You’ll be able to retrieve files at will, without having to roll back your entire drive, and know your solution has caught even the smallest file change without you needing to flag or mark it in any way. Even better, because it’s in the cloud, you can access your secure backup from anywhere. Left a work file at home? No problem, it’s in your cloud backup. On vacation and need to check a detail or show off a photo? No problem, it’s in your cloud backup. We’re able to get you set up with the perfect backup solution that meets your needs, both now and in case of emergency.

If you’re ready to protect your data before you lose it, give us a call at 1 (757) 382-7786.

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Upgrade your viewing experience with refurbished monitors from Providence Computers.  All monitors have a 3 month warranty and come with a power cable and video cable.

Acer 20" 4:3 LCD Monitor
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LG 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Acer 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Hanspre 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Samsung 23" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Did you know that you can responsibly recycle your old computers and electronics at Providence Computers for free?

Providence Computers accepts your old computers, monitors, peripherals, cables, and printers for recycling at no charge. We also accept other electronic items like phones, tablets, DVD/VCR/Stereo equipment, and almost any other type of household electronics. Bring in your recycling any time, but please call ahead if you have a large load!

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Building or upgrading your computer? Providence Computers has what you need!

Everyone knows that Providence Computers can repair your desktop or laptop computer, but did you know that Providence Computers also stocks parts for DIY builds and repairs? Take a look at some of the many items that Providence Computers keeps in stock at our Kempsville location!

250GB SSD.  SATA $126.  NVME $169
250GB SSD. SATA $126. NVME $169
Ryzen 7 1700 Processor $349
Ryzen 7 1700 Processor $349
Core i7 7700 Processor $349
Core i7 7700 Processor $349
SATA Splitter, Molex Splitter, Fan Splitter, 6 Pin -> 8 Pin $6.95
SATA Splitter, Molex Splitter, Fan Splitter, 6 Pin -> 8 Pin $6.95
Asus Prime B350M-A Socket AM4 Motherboard $119
Asus Prime B350M-A Socket AM4 Motherboard $119
Asus Prime B250M-C Socket 1151 Motherboard $119
Asus Prime B250M-C Socket 1151 Motherboard $119

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Need something budget friendly to take on a trip or give to the kids?
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Providence Computers Weekly Deals 3/23/18 HP ProBook 640 and Acer Dual Monitor Setup

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