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When You Forget to Back Up


Everyone’s done it: That sinking feeling when you realize all really is lost because you’ve forgotten to back up your files for the past few days, weeks or even months is horrible. Hindsight really is 20/20, but if you’re at the point where you’re left with lost or deleted files with no backup, that’s not very comforting.

Is there anything you can do to recover those business files? Fortunately, there are a few tricks that might work.

Take it to a Professional

Before you try recovering any files yourself, if possible take your computer to a professional. Otherwise, you may do more harm than good.

Depending on where you purchased your computer, there may be professionals on hand at the store who can help you recover files. Another option is going to an established recovery specialist with a good reputation.

Is this going to cost you? Of course. However, it will not cost nearly as much as having to do the “double work” of creating the materials from scratch.

Try Online Recovery

There are many online resources for recovering lost data. Some of the most common ones are GetBackData and PhotoRec. This should only be attempted after you’ve taken your computer to a professional.

If you live in a rural area or are not near a qualified data recovery specialist, there are also many centers where you can ship your machine for recovery.

Preparing for the Future

Now here’s the part where you need to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future. Back up your business. Make it a priority. You might be in the industry of selling the simplicity of Amish furniture, but your business needs to be up-to-speed with technology. There’s a reason the Amish TV console exists — there’s simply no escaping high tech life.

Ideally, all of your business files should be backed up each business day. You can do this manually or automatically, but it’s much easier in the long run to set up an automatic backup system. This takes a little time to set up, but you’ll be thankful.

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