Computer Hard Drive Crashes

If Murphy Strikes (Immediate Actions):

  1. Try rebooting your computer into “recovery” or “safe” mode
  2. Attempt to recover important data from your crashed hard drive
    • Do-It-Yourself with an external hard drive enclosure
    • Pay a professional
  3. Use another computer to get back to work

Nipping Murphy in the Bud (Prevention Steps):

  1. Use a Solid State Drive (SSD)
  2. Use a hard drive with fall protection

Raining on Murphy’s Parade (Steps to Reduce Impact):

  1. Continually backup your important data to one or more of these places
    • “The Cloud” via dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive
    • An external hard drive or thumb drive
    • A second hard drive in your computer
  2. Email important documents to your email account that has online storage
  3. Use a Chromebook

Making Murphy Cry (Extreme Measures!):

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