I need a storage device

April 29, 2011 at 14:17:11
Specs: Windows Vista, 512mb
This question is for the guys that repair computers for other people. I want to temporarily back up hard drives before I work on the computers. What is your method? Is there some sort of storage device I should buy? If there is, I would like it to be external. Thanks for any help.

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April 29, 2011 at 15:49:37
If you need to even ask that question then you shouldn't be working on other folks computers. Not for pay anyway.

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April 30, 2011 at 10:46:11
I never rely on one type of anything to solve an issue. It's unrealistic. All hardware will fail in time. Not IF, but WHEN.

Kudos on the backup thought! I have went behind other "professionals" who missed that, relying on the user to make backups. Most users, and a lot of my professional friends, do not backup. They rely on the Guru to "fix-it" when things go wrong.

Being at the top means that you answer your own questions, and solve your own problems, successfully. Your guide is research and the knowledge quest.

I suggest you read everything you can on all storage hardware. Then apply that knowledge to making backups. You want the most reliable to work as fast as possible.

Tip: Never trust a new drive (out of the box).

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April 30, 2011 at 11:08:35
I think that you will find that most if not all professional computer repairers have a clause in their terms and conditions in that they cannot be held responsible for customers data. It is up to the customer to ensure that they have backups of important data,

Backing up an entire had disk is impracticable and unnecessary as only a relatively small proportion of irreplaceable needs to be backed up. If the fault is the hard disk and you have to reinstall the Operating System and applications you then have the problem of knowing which data to restore otherwise you could end up back where you started from.

There is one other thing to consider. Making your self responsible for costumers data could lead you to all kinds of claims if something goes wrong and the data is lost. Put that responsibly onto the customer and make sure they know it is their responsibility.


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April 30, 2011 at 11:34:24
Thanks all

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April 30, 2011 at 19:47:06
If you are serious about doing repair work I would recommend collecting OS's.
Dells Gateway HP etc. Home and pro versions. OEMs , Retails and volume license.

You should also download and have on hand Microsofts key updater. Free!

Also do a search for and get driver packs, and build a library. Get a program to back up drivers as well. There are some odd hard to find drivers out there.

Now you need to download anti virus,spyware,Trojan software.....portables on usb or on a burned cd.

Every computer I work on.......needs
a cdrom installed, a new hard drive,ram , graphics card or power supply
Very few need a new MB

Having an OS is for the systems that are so infected that after removal the os needs a repair install......or maybe a complete reinstall.

You would also not believe how many password protected computers get dropped off and no mention of being PWP is made. So you need the software
to get past that as well.......or spend a lot of time on the phone with the customer.

Oh! a Phillips head and clutch screwdriver...........................................LOL

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