What You Need If Disaster Strikes


If the worst happens and your computer crashes , what do you need to get everything back up and running quickly.


A Backup , preferably of your user profile on your computer.

You get this by opening up your hard drive on your computer , say the ” C ” drive

Then find your ” user name ” which will either be visible straight away or in ” documents and settings”

This contains all the relevant files , including application settings , documents , music and photos.


Your software for that computer.

You will need your copy of Office for example and any other discs or downloaded software you need , along with installation keys.

You should keep this say in a box so that it is easy to lay your hands on.


If your computer has a built in format and reload the operating system function , make sure you know how to access it.

This is usually acheived by a combination of keys such as alt F11 being pressed when the computer is restarting.

Knowledge of these three can get you up and running reasonably quickly.

Adelaide Techguy
Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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