My main computer went Kaput! the other day, and even the restore disk wouldn't work. Ouch!
I think it's the hard drive, but fortunately, I keep all my business data on a USB drive, so I could transfer it over to my netbook. Plus, I made a "Live CD" using Ubuntu, meaning I could still use my main computer to go on the Internet, until I figure out what to do with my hard drive.
But it got me thinking... Are YOU prepared in case of a computer emergency?
I thought I'd share a few tips with you. These tips are especially useful if you've only got ONE computer:
(1) Keep your business data separate, i.e. on a separate USB drive.
That way, if your hard drive goes kaput, you still have easy access to your business data. I've learned this after using several computers!
(2) Back it up regularly.
So if anything happens to your USB drive, you still have a backup.
(3) Create an Ubuntu "Live CD".
Ubuntu is a free Linux operating system, and you can create what's called a "Live CD", which is basically a computer operating system on a CD!
You can probably boot your computer from the CD, and Ubuntu comes with Firefox, and Open Office built in, so you can still surf the Internet or continue typing up that latest hot IM report (because your data is also on a USB drive now, right?), while you're figuring what to do with your hard drive.
So if your main hard drive fails, pop in this CD and carry on working! That's what I'm using at the moment.
Just thought someone would find these tips useful... what do you think? Any other tips you think might be useful?