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how does one prepare for a computer system failure?

br1ckhouse 337 50 January 18, 2016 at 02:14 PM
So my day began with my desktop telling me that Windows couldn't start and when I built the system from scratch, I failed to create restore points or some kind of back up. None of the initial recovery options helped and the SSD and ram weren't found to be faulty.

Most of my data is on a separate partition on the drive (and also on the cloud) and I'm pretty impatient so I just decided to reinstall Windows as the fastest way to get back online.

Now I know that I should turn on the restore point option. What else should I have done?

I'm running Windows 10 Pro and I have a spare HDD that I could fit an entire image of my system. TIA

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Put the rest of your data on a separate partition Smilie

You could keep an image of your Windows install, but it can be a PITA to keep that image up to date, especially for just 1 PC. Best bet is to keep your data off of your Windows partition, as you mostly already did, so you can reinstall Windows quickly, if needed, without too much interruption.
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Restore point doest always work. Errors can even come from computer hardwares, so the first thing you should do is back up all your important information and put it it a safe place like cloud driver..
the second thing is prepare some money for the technician to fix it . LOL
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I'm running Windows 10 Pro and I have a spare HDD that I could fit an entire image of my system. TIA
Backing up your data is the most important, but reinstalling windows is still a huge pain. If you've got the space, keeping a disk image backup is worth your time.
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Macrium Reflect.

I run a full image backup once a week and do nightly differentials the other 6 days. It's all automated and setup to email me with the result so I know right away if something has gone awry.

I can swap a hard drive, boot from the Reflect rescue disk and restore my entire system to the previous nights state in less than an hour.

Really important docs, photos, videos, etc. also get backed up in real time offsite via CrashPlan.

Putting your data on a different partition doesn't do you any good if the drive that hosts the partitions dies. Frown
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I have an overkill situation here. I have and use almost daily 4 different computers. I store my files in the cloud so when a PC of mine decides to get messed up {that doesn't happen very often for me} I just move to a different computer and worry about the bad boy later.

It works for me and I never miss the end of an auction anymore.
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As mentioned above, system image backup works wonders. Acronis can backup and restore entire OS partitions in less than an hour.

For data, redundancy is really the only way. If two of ur disks fail at the same time, you might be the unluckiest person alive.
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How about help me?

http://slickdeals.net/f/8447709-stuck-on-the-windows-7-logo-help?v=1

There are some important encrypted files on the main OS.
I need to get the computer running to get those files.
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How about help me?

http://slickdeals.net/f/8447709-stuck-on-the-windows-7-logo-help?v=1

There are some important encrypted files on the main OS.
I need to get the computer running to get those files.
I did help you. If you choose to ignore me why should I spend more time on your problems?
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Back up your important data somewhere other than home. Don't always trust the cloud, either. Unless you have an SLA with a company, they have no obligation to keep or preserve your data. DVD and Blu-Ray burners are relatively cheap nowadays. Make copies of discs and store them offsite somewhere. Safety deposit box is a good option if you have one.

Have an up-to-date list of any programs you have installed. Make sure you note license keys somewhere in case you need to reinstall programs.

Have a re-installation disc handy. If you need one, search this forum - there have been many discussions on this topic.
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