Ensure You Keep Everything From The Old PC

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Moving from a computer that has been in use for sometimes a decade (in the case of many XP users!) to a new one can be a little stressful. My customers often have stored their files in the weirdest places and they all say without fail, ‘oh, just copy the photos across, I don’t need much else’. To which I always reply ‘are you sure?’. Their answer then is always the same – that they may have some other stuff but they aren’t sure…

I offer to remove the hard drive from the old system and install it into an external USB drive box for them. That way, they have ALL their files safely stored for access if and when needed, plus a ‘free’ backup drive. They also don’t need to worry about anything sensitive or potentially of use to someone falling into the wrong hands if it’s thrown in the bin as they have still have the old hard drive. If the system that the drive is from more than 5-6 years old I recommend and can sell them a new external drive to keep their backups on, but the old one can still be put in a drawer – or even better kept offsite by giving to a relative for safe keeping.

As Leo Laporte (aka The Tech Guy’) says – ‘for the best security of your precious stuff, use the 3-2-1 backup strategy’ – 3 backups in total – the original on the computer, another on a backup drive and the last one physically remote from the first two. This can be ‘in the cloud’ (see my recommendations on doing this) or at another location.

I try to avoid throwing perfectly usable computers away and it is really recycling at it’s best!

If you are upgrading your PC, give it some thought and solve 3 problems in one hit.

Andy

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