Backing Up Your Data – Do this both Remotely & Locally. Avoid a Crisis!!!!!

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February 26th, 2012

I have been focusing attention on setting up backups for small businesses with crucial data.  However I would do this for residential customers if the need was there.  I have been dealing with a remote backup company that I have tested in restoring as well as the remote backup.  I feel that I have found the right remote backup company to use.

I have emphasized that you must have a local backup in conjunction with a remote backup

Restoring a remote backup takes time and is affected by your internet speed. 

The local backup is affected by the speed of your USB port and is much faster.

I have a customer whose data server crashed.  I created a link to a “temp data location” by restoring a current local backup.  Eventually I was able to put the data server back on-line and transitioned the temporary data back to it’s original location on the data server.  At the same time, I was able to restore specific files from the remote backup (through the files previously backed up) so there was no break in the customer’s productivity or use of computer and stored data files.

The bottom line is that data would have been lost if not for our services.  Seamless transition between local backup and remote backup.  Both are important.

When it comes to data, you cannot put a price on it.  Call Computer Care Associates for your protection!


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February 28th, 2011


New Laptops and Desktops are less costly than a year ago.  However if you have data on your old computer, you need to transfer it to a new computer. When I talk about data I am referring to:

1.  Email Files (Outlook/Outlook Express)

2.  Documents

3.  Pictures

4.  Music

Backing up your data from one Computer has an expense associated with it ($50).  Then, to transfer the backed up data over to a new computer will cost $50.  (If you want to keep the backed up data, you would provide/purchase the external device – like an external hard drive – so the data gets backed up onto your own hardware device).

Applications that cannot be transferred:

a.  Microsoft Office

b.  Microsoft Works

c.  Photoshop

d.  Quickbooks and Quicken

e.  Adobe Acrobat (paid software version)

f.  Any applications which were downloaded or software which has been upgraded.

Applications must be reloaded which means you must have the original media with the license #.  If you own a multiple user license, you still need the proper authentication.

There are some cases in which the data from the old computer cannot be transferred because the old hard drive has errors.  The cost of this data recovery is initally $195, but in some cases, if the hard drive has mechanical issues, the cost can be much higher.  This will be dealt on a case-by-case basis.