Nothing is worse than watching a PC slowly sink into death, except maybe quick explosive PC death. The BSOD’s are getting more frequent, system is becoming unresponsive more often, and those cat photos don’t seem to load as quickly as before. There’s a feeling in your gut that tells you your PC’s digital days are numbered. This article will help you deal with the issues that come from… PC FAILURE!
Computers, unlike love and adamantium claws, aren’t meant to last forever. Some are your babies, built from scratch, while others are corporate robot spy’s that you are forced to buy with hypnotic suggestion. Whatever the reason you purchased it, the PC has a lifetime. Most people don’t get attached to their PC’s on an emotional level, so the hardware usually isn’t cried over. What most people are worried about losing is precious data with deep sentimental value. That and their collection of photos of every meal they have eaten for the last 10 years.
The first way to save your data is simply to find a flash drive, preferably one with at least 4 gigs of storage space to ferry your precious Groupon coupons to a new computer. The benefits of this is that its the simplest fastest way to get data away from the dying PC. The disadvantages are that flash drives can be easily lost and if you’ve got a large hard drive capacity filled with Home Improvement videos, it ain’t gonna cut it.
The second easiest way to save your data has to be a HDD enclosure. For around $25 on newegg or tiger direct you can purchase a chassis that will turn your old PC’s drive into an external drive with no software requirements. The benefits of this are that if it is a large drive, you get to keep all your data in one easy to access place, and if you get a new PC it’ll be as easy as removing it from the enclosure and putting it in the new computer. The main disadvantage of this is that if your hard drive is the part in your PC that is failing, this plan will not work.
The last and most extensive data saving measure comes from up on high! Yes the cloud! Online Backup companies have sprung up in recent years and now aren’t just for megalopolis corporations. Sites like carbonite.com and dollydrive.com provide far reaching service that constantly backs up your entire HDD on the cloud servers for access just in case of PC failure. Those users with enough forethought can avoid data loss even with the quick explosive PC failure. Advantages include, low to mid range prices for data saving, and if your lucky maybe a few free gigs. Disadvantages include constant fear that the dystopia is upon you, and excess ISP data usage.