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Stay Safe With A Hard Drive Backup

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Last night I got a call from a good friend of mine who sounded frantic on the other end.  She explained to me that the computer she uses every day in her college courses started making this strange noise.  There was a constant “clicking” sound coming from her hard drive every time the unit would boot up.  The computer would not even make it to the home screen.  Being experienced with computers and computer problems, I knew exactly what the problem was: a damaged hard drive.  An inexpensive fix, but priceless files, such as her school documents, photos and music collections were lost.

When just a hard drive is broken, the computer itself is okay.  The monitor, processor, RAM, all operate, but if a hard drive is damaged, the computer will not load because of the lack of an effective operating system.  A hard drive can be replaced, and your computer’s original supplied restore disc will allow you to upload an operating system, unfortunately once it’s damaged, more often than not, all the information you saved on it cannot be retrieved.

The best advice I can give anyone who actively uses their computer, is to back up your documents and files.  This can be done as many times as you want and you can use standard CD-Rs, or DVD-Rs, but if you really want to be secure I recommend LaCie’s Rugged external hard drive.  It plugs in easily via USB, has a huge internal memory of 500 GB and can travel with you wherever you go.  This is an inexpensive investment that will save you not only time, but any grief from losing any valuable files that can never be restored.

-Chad Taylor

Need A New Laptop? Abt Has The Perfect One For You!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I could not believe it until I actually saw it.  The Toshiba Protégé R700-S1321 is the most impressive laptop that I have seen in years.  With its 13.3-inch screen that still lets me keep an optical drive but yet does not sacrifice battery and power, and best yet boasts about an 8 plus hour battery, and includes Windows 7 Professional, or a free downgrade to Windows XP.  What could be better?  Well the fact that this laptop only weighs 3.2 pounds and includes a Core i5 processor.  Overall this machine is special in the sense that for the first time in a long time Toshiba is offering a laptop that gives you the best of both worlds; thin and lightweight with plenty of power and battery life.  Abt has this laptop on display in the Connect Store.  It is something that should be truly seen if you are in the market for a new laptop.

-Chad T.