Data Recovery Guidelines

Most computer users tend to think of data recovery as a last-minute approach to retrieving documents, pictures, music, and files in general — when the files become inaccessible due to malfunctioning devices the files are installed on, i.e. phones, laptops, desktops, tablets, etc.  Many times, however, data is not recoverable, or economically so, after a computer has malfunctioned. Preemptive approaches to data recovery are recommended although utilizing these techniques lacking a smart approach can render data permanently lost. Unless a computer is merely being used for casual internet surfing, solid data back-up (copying) precautions should be taken — under the wing of experienced professionals — so when the time has come to restore inaccessible data it’s a feasible task.

Data Recovery Guidelines

Among common methods of creating copies of data, including for those with strict budgets, are manual and automatic. Within each of these categories, one could opt for offline and online (internet) options.  An example of manual offline data back-up is merely copying the desired files to a flash/thumb drive — or other devices that can be connected to the computer — at regularly scheduled intervals or when a change is made such as an added file or file edit. An example of a manual online data back-up is, when subscribed to an internet storage service, manual executions are done to copy data to that service on the internet.

An automatic offline example is configuring a program to automatically back-up to a device attached to a computer, such as a thumb/flash drive or USB hard drive. Likewise, an automatic online back-up is done when subscribed to an internet back-up service, and files are automatically copied off a computer to the internet at regularly scheduled intervals. When opting for automatic back-up, a certain folder or directories can be included in the criteria of data needing to be backed up.

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Fixing Computer Performance

Particularly with desktop and laptop computers, there can be a number of different culprits your computer performance to be behave sluggishly.  Steps can be taken to isolate the problem, although in most cases it’s generally recommended allowing professionals to fix the issue due to the risk of making the problem worse or outright wrecking the device needing to be fixed. Among common culprits causing computer slowness after acquiring a working computer are malicious software, excessive boot-time programs (or apps), and a full hard drive.

Fixing Computer Performance

Computer operating systems distributed by Apple or Microsoft, or those that can be downloaded for free such as Linux require a certain amount of free space on a computer’s hard disk drive in order to function optimally.  Microsoft Windows, for example, will cache files on the free section of the hard disk drive when performing reading or writing operations. If the space is not free then the desired output of the computer can be delayed.  Different operating systems require different amounts of free space on hard drives — consult manufacturer documentation.  Removing unneeded files from the hard drive will take care of the problem — typically, copying them to external drives is done before deleting them off the computer.

Downloading and installing computer programs or apps, especially rare or free ones, carries the risk of infecting the computer with malicious software. Typically, free programs are laced with malicious software which is any type of program designed to perform an illegal activity on the computer it’s installed on, but often, the software will cause sluggishness on the computer.  Various guides can be found on the internet for assisting in the usage of antivirus software for scanning and removal.

When installing any given program or app, it will often configure itself to run every time the computer is turned on. If enough programs are installed and configured this way they will use up much of the system’s hardware resources, especially RAM memory. Operating systems have ways to disable programs from being run at start-time. Using the features will free RAM memory and allow the computer to run more smoothly.

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