Category Archives: Backup Strategies

Data Recovery: Making the Best of a Bad Situation

Until you are faced with disaster, you will have no interest in a subject like data recovery. So, let me provide a synopsis up front before you get bored. If you are faced with a dead computer or crashed hard drive, your data (pictures, spreadsheets, Quickbooks data, email, etc) can almost certainly be recovered. At Computer Problem Solvers, data recovery is one of our specialty areas so although recovery can be expensive, we generally get better results faster and for less money than other service providers.

Data recovery can be an expensive process – both for the service itself and also for the value of time lost waiting for the recovery procedure to complete. For this reason, your best method of saving time and money is to be sure that you have a continuous and full backup of all data. We recommend some combination of automatic local backup (such as to an external hard drive or file server), and an on-line / cloud-based backup for the most critical data. However, if you are like many people you will fail to have an adequate backup strategy in place until after disaster has already struck. If you are in this category, read on to learn how to save time and money. Continue reading

Secure Your Business with a Small Office Server

In our five years of business, we’ve replaced literally hundreds of failed hard drives. Usually, those hard drives contained critical data. In the majority of cases, that critical data had not been backed up recently, and often it has not been backed up at all.

It’s a sad story that can result in catastrophic consequences, with many lost weeks of productivity and possibly thousands of dollars spent on data recovery efforts. There are many ways to protect your data from loss, including backup to an external drive, backup to a remote “cloud” service, backup to a server, or a combination of these.

For a single computer environment, backing up to an external drive and/or cloud service is generally adequate. For a multiple computer environment such as a small office or a home with several computers, it is more efficient to use a backup server. For example, one great solution is an HP ProLiant Microserver running Microsoft’s WHS11 server operating system. This system provides you with an automatic and centralized service that completely backs up each of your computers, allowing you to restore files from, say, two months ago, or to restore a complete system in the event of a hard drive crash. It also provides the ability to have a large storage space for file sharing among the various computers, including Macintosh.

Data loss can be catastrophic on both a business and personal level. If you are interested in securing yourself with an effective backup solution, give us a call.

"Holy #$%^&*!! I just lost all my data!"

This is how a tiny cube can save your bacon…

  • Never again worry about data loss!
  • All computers backed up automatically
  • Share files, music, movies, USB printers, etc
  • No need for external drives and wiring
  • Multi-terabyte storage with plug-n-play expansion
  • Our personalized delivery, installation, and
    configuration service is included in the price.
According to research by the University of Texas, of all small businesses that suffer a catastrophic data loss, only 6% survive the ordeal. 43% never reopen and 51% close within two years. Recovering lost data can cost thousands of dollars and weeks of lost productivity.

But this isn’t a problem only for businesses. Every month, we help everyday home computer users who have lost years worth of precious data due to computer failure. Important financial and budget data, precious digital photos, expensive music and movie collections, or your kids’ homework projects can disappear in a flash, or require costly “clean room” data recovery services to get it back. (Clean room recoveries often cost well in excess of $1000 – $1500 per hard drive).

It’s not a matter of IF your computer storage will fail, but WHEN.

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