Floods, earthquakes, power surges – they all happen, and when they do, figuring out a computer problem may be the least of your worries. But sooner or later, after any other damage has been dealt with, fixing your hardware and recovering data from damaged computers becomes a priority.
The digital consequences of a natural disaster can be disheartening, to say the least. Melted computers, hard drives that make new weird noises but never boot up, data that may seem to be gone forever. Unfortunately, too many of us seem to believe that such a data disaster won't happen to us.
But even for the diligent people who make disaster plans, buy insurance, and try to be as prepared as possible, digital media and computer hardware protection seems to create a blind spot. After all, how can you possibly prevent the tiny, intricate parts of a computer from going bad at exactly the wrong moment?
On the positive side, taking steps to back up important data and minimize damage to digital media devices and computers can be quite simple. An off-site storage plan is one step, while simply having on-site backups can help you avoid major headaches if a small disaster occurs.
The most common computer crisis will occur completely by accident, and it is here to start with a disaster prevention plan. Kids may rearrange data, everyone has inadvertently clicked on something to download a virus or malware, or an important file may become corrupted out of nowhere. With some good software utilities, many of these crises can be avoided or easily reversed.
Final death tolls from the US Government came across today, concluding that the total earthquake fatalities was between 46k and 85k, significantly lower than the original estimate of over 300K.
Record temperature levels are causing problems throughout the nation. Power outages and overheating equipment can cost $1000's, so double check air conditioning units and make sure your back up power supplies are functioning correctly.