I just don’t like the term life hack. Sounds like something a bearded plaid wearing hipster would come up with his ‘bros on a Saturday night. I’m more of an 80s cyberpunk hack the system kind of guy. To be real, that puts me in the same mindset and the fake lumberjack life hacker, just a little behind the times.
So here’s something I want to pass along which is kind of a life hack, but more of a practical hack. Always remember to back up important stuff. OK, I can hear the duh, that’s so obvious groans out there, but the reality is a lot of people depend on corporate life savers to help them instead of being pro-active and doing the basic legwork themselves.
Maybe a week ago my main computer experienced some issues and by this week my main computer can go for maybe an hour or more before getting very slow then giving me what is equivalent to the blue screen of death. I was positive my issue was a bad video card. Despite the fact it was less than a year old and cost me over $400, I was positive all of my problems would be cured by getting a new video card and the unrecoverable error message would be gone.
This morning I saw the video card wasn’t the issue and I would probably have to do a dreaded re-install of Windows. That would mean the hard drive would have to be re-formatted. That is a painful process but because of years of rebuilding systems I already had my new computer set to have the least number of programs on the C: drive and made that drive almost exclusively for Windows. That meant if I came across a situation as I have now, a simple backup and them a reformatting of the drive would mean the less loss of information.
Thankfully I had taken my advice and I had a backup of my main HD done about two months ago. So while the reformat and reinstall of Windows 10 will be time consuming, it will be less pain than it could have been. One thing I did pick up from the store today, as extra insurance, was a backup drive. I want to make sure, in the case I have to restart from scratch, I have a fairly recent backup of material from the C drive so a reformat and restart is as painless as possible.
What I’m learning is people are not likely to remember from the past and prevent going through the same bad issues in the future. Because of the experience with my computer, I decided to separate the program files from my active files. The C drive, where most people dump all material, is mostly occupied by Windows 10. Most of my everyday programs, downloads and other important information I have going to a spate drive. That way, if the C Drive goes down my important information are on drives probably not effected by a crash and will be recoverable.
My C drive isn’t completely down but there are a few bits of information I want to retain before the big mindwipe. I was able to go to the store and get the items available to back up the files of the C Drive. While I’m sure I have most everything backed up, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup to the backup.