It’s inevitable. Eventually your computer will die. There are 5 Big Computer Disasters that will kill your computer. So let’s discuss how we can minimize this with a Computer Disaster Recovery Plan. Final disaster:
Like many things in life, there is an eventual end to your computer. Components will fail, capacitors will pop or leak, and eventually the age of the computer will be slow and unresponsive. This part of the Computer Disaster Recovery Plan is about replacement and migration. The end goal being that eventually you will have to move onto a new computer and how to make that process as painless as possible.
1) Save Up
First thing that will help you is to budget for a new computer when you get this one. There are cheap computers out there, and there are expensive computers out there, and a myriad of choices in between. Picking the right one you need for the future is impossible, so better to plan is to just match the amount you spent now. With the understanding that it is a slow save up. Dallas Computer Consulting recommends about $10-$20 a month in a year that is $120-$240 for a new computer.
2) Look at your computer usage
People change over time and so do their needs. A child might only need basic computer functions such as Word Processing when he or she first starts school, but in what seems like a short time they may need graphic design capabilities to match their artistic moods, or a machine with more calculation power to handle engineer software for a future job.
3) Don’t buy cheap
It sounds simple, the cheapest is cheap for a reason. Most often it’s already at a limit, either by technology limits, or by age. “Great Deals” are sold based on the fact that support has almost come to an end on a particular computer. In that same vein, the top of the line model might not be what you need either. Dallas Computer Consulting is available if needed to help you sort through the buying process.
4) Verify your Software
If changing Operating Systems, your will need to buy new software. Microsoft Office for Windows will not work on an Apple Mac any more than an Apple software will work on Windows. Also, look at the age of your software. Microsoft supports all of it’s software for 10 years! But that means that Office 2003 is now no longer supported and might run into problems.
Personal Data – the photos, documents, and emails on your computer can be transferred anywhere, but the question is how ready are you to migrate to that new computer and are your programs ready for it?
Remember though, these are still only the basics of a Computer Disaster Recovery Plan and are designed to point you in the right direction.
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