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You Had A Computer Crash Or A Virus, Now Your Question Is, "What Can I Save?"

Data recovery could possibly be the best words you will ever hear. If your computer never crashes and you never delete anything on accident, then those words will never apply. However, every computer user at one point or another will face the dreaded feeling of losing one file, or hundreds of files. Information can be lost through human accidents, natural disasters or viruses. Today's computer viruses can be deadly for your computer. The chances of getting back what the virus has ruined is about the same as any other deletion cause. That likelihood can be high, depending on how much time and money you are willing to spend.

Once a file or files have been deleted; assess how valuable those files are to you. How much time did it take to create? How much money did you use creating it, or how much money was it making you? Do the resources still exist to recreate the file? Once you have answered these questions set a limit to how much time and money you will spend trying to recover the file information. Often times once you get started searching for a file it can be difficult to stop. Keep in mind that even if the file is found, it may be corrupt and therefore unusable.

The first step to finding deleted files is to check the Recycle Bin, or Trash for Macintosh users. If your file is listed in the Recycle Bin restoration is simple. If you are not so lucky, try a data recovery software program or a human specialist. When working with a specialist, tell them everything you know about the files lost. Were they text or photo files? What kind of file was it (TIFF, PDF, etc)? What did the file contain? The more information you can provide, the easier it will be for the specialist to locate the file. Keep in mind text files and small files are much easier to recover successfully than photo files or large files.

If your entire hard drive is lost you have fewer and more expensive options. If parts of your hard drive have broken, such as the aperture arm or platters, try running a data recovery software program. If that is not successful you will need to bring the hard drive to a specialist. Using highly trained skills and the known filing structure and formats, a specialist can generally recover your data. If not, he can at least rebuild your hard drive so you are not without a computer. Any recovery specialist will be costly and require payment even if the drive was not recovered.

To avoid these types of situations, back up important files (or your entire hard drive) using disks, USBs, CDs or a server. Even having two of the same file in the same place will help you if you accidentally delete a file. Backing up files will take you much less time and cost much less money than a data recovery solution, so plan ahead and back it up!

 


Dedicated Hosting for Beginners

Dedicated hosting is different from shared hosting in that it resides on a server by itself. Shared hosting means that several websites are sharing the same server, but when there is a problem with that single server, all of the websites residing on that server will fall victim to that problem. That is why more and more people are turning to dedicated hosting.

A business can purchase their own dedicated server or they can lease it. There are other options available for those who choose a dedicated server and that is to have their hosting managed. That is why dedicated hosting is frequently referred to as managed hosting. Nevertheless, dedicated hosting is more flexible than shared hosting.

Return on investment

In many ways, dedicated hosting can result in a larger return on investment. This is due to the fact that there is very little overhead involved. If a company were to have their dedicated hosting in-house, they may be facing some pretty steep costs. However, employing the hosting company to take care of all of the administrative responsibilities can prove to be quite profitable.

For those who may not have the IT staff or be able to afford a staff to take care of the server, having the hosting company take care of technical issues and routine maintenance is going to be something you might find quite handy. Basically, that allows you to concentrate on those things that are important within your business. Not that your hosting isn't important, because it is.

It's just that your hosting won't do you any good if you don't do the marketing activities that are needed to draw people to your business. It also won't do you any good if you get a reputation for not being able to handle consumer needs because you're too busy concentrating on your hosting.

A must for your business

So if you're not too sure about what to do as far as your Internet presence goes, dedicated hosting is a good place to start. You can get all of the assistance that you need to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

This means that you don't have to have technical expertise and you don't have to have knowledge of a lot of the technical turns. Your hosting company will explain things to you in ways that you can understand so that you know what it is you're getting. They will also not do anything drastic unless they let you know what it is they are doing, so you don't have to worry about some sort of unauthorized action being carried out.

If you're not on the Internet yet because you are not sure what it is you need to do, this is a great place to start. Once you figure out your hosting options, you can then work on getting a website built for your business.

Many businesses find that they profit more on the Internet because they can reach a global audience. Reaching a global audience means global sales, if it is possible for your business. You'll notice a considerable difference in the amount of revenue that you bring in. What's great is that dedicated hosting does that for you.

So don't worry if you're a beginner or you know nothing about the world of Internet because you'll definitely catch on. You'll be able to learn as you go as someone else does the work. All you have to do is find a reliable company.

Look at Internet reviews, talk to other businesses, and check out what businesses similar to you are using. Compare price plans and options. By doing this, you'll find the best dedicated hosting plan for you.

 


Some Of The Reasons You Should Always Customize You Computer

If you think that a brand new computer that you but from dell or another major company has all the good parts stock then you are wrong. A good built computer is not one that you can buy at a store a good computer is one that you can build up to the performance you want. Most people think that they won't need more then what comes stock because it already cost a lot of money well if you are going to be playing games and things like that you will need a built computer not one that you can buy.

People will continue thinking that what comes out of the box is perfect but it's just a learner box really you get a computer that is built for just internet nothing else just surfing the internet no games nothing else because it is stock. Most people probably already know how the computers are just stock but if you know a good bit then you know that you can build your own computer for cheaper and will be a heck of a lot better for the price you pay.

The normal computer that you will get will have its computer monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. To you the beginner to computers may be fine but to others you may need a new graphics card motherboard network card or many other things to use the computer the way you want to use it. The only way to get the computer that you really want is to customize and that is the only way you will ever get what you want.

Computers if want to be used to your standards need to be built how they are going to be used. If you want to use the computer for office use and storage then you will need a big hard drive and a little bit of RAM. On the other hand of you want this computer for gaming then you will need to build it up so it can handle high performance.

Just like any old stock computer it needs upgrades just like anything else.

Depending on what upgrades you need it can either be very pricey or not hardly and money at all. If you just need office upgrades then you can probably get away with getting cheap RAM and a cheap hard drive. When you get to playing hardcore games and are in need or higher performance is when these computers need to be upgraded to a higher CPU or motherboard. There are many things that you might need.

It doesn't matter what type of computer you have or how good it is upgrading your computer can become something that you don't want, you don't want to waste all your money on it because it could crash and leave you stuck. So just go out and get what you need to make the computer that you want. You can build the computer you want rather then buy something and you can usually build it for a few hundred dollars cheaper.

 


When You Should Call a Computer Maintenance Expert

Everyone with a computer will encounter some type of error or unexplained crash. There are many instances when a user will consider enlisting the services of a computer maintenance expert to fix their problem. Before calling a computer technician, there are a number of things you can try to resolve the error. If the following repair measures do not resolve the problem, you should contact a computer maintenance expert:

1)If you are having a connection problem, your internet provider may be having problems. Check your own connections to make sure a cable is not unplugged. Unplug each of your devices and reconnect each cable to make sure you have a good connection.
2)A message saying your computer is low on memory does not always mean you have to buy more memory. Click on the Task Manager and close hidden programs to free memory.
3)If you have memory errors, run a current virus checker.
4)If your computer crashes, reboot it, and run ScanDisk to see if there is an error. The scandisk will fix the error. You can also defragment your computer. It will put files back in order and free up disk space.
5)If your computer crashes before you have saved your file, use autorecovery to retrieve the lost file. The file may also be located in a temporary file folder. Check your temporary file folder to see if the file is there.
6)If your computer freezes, enter Ctrl-Alt-Del. It will bring up a list of running programs. Check to see if a program is not responding. Click on the program and choose 'end program'. You can also reboot your computer to see if it resolves the problem

When you see a message that says you have a motherboard failure, you need to contact a computer maintenance expert. After trying all measures to resolve the problem with no success, you should contact a computer maintenance expert. They will work remotely from their own computer, come to your home or office, or you can take your computer to their office. Maintain a record outlining everything you have tried so they don't have to repeat them.

Computer maintenance experts provide the following services:

- Replacing missing or corrupt driver files
- Updating and reconfiguring a motherboard system
- Performing hardware diagnostic on hard drives, memory, CPU, and motherboard systems
- Hard disk optimization and defragmentation
- Downloading and installing updated driver files
- Antivirus checks to locate potentially dangerous dormant viruses within your system. They will remove the viruses from your computer
- Updating your system with the latest software
- Checking for communication conflicts
- Cleaning up old files
- Identifying corrupt or missing driver files
- Checking and repairing your computer registry
- Resolving computer fatal errors
- Repairing invalid system boot configurations.
- Reinstalling or repairing operating systems.
- Small network installation and configuration
- Scanning hard disk for boot record problems
- Restoring slow computers to their original performing speed.
- Repairing , restoring, and troubleshooting the internet connection
- Recovering and extracting data from faulty computers
- Computer setup and security

This is just a small list of the many services a computer maintenance expert provides. In order to help keep your computer free of serious errors, you should clean your equipment regularly. You should also back up your data so you do not lose important documents in the event of a serious computer crash.

Computer maintenance experts are qualified to deal with any computer issue. They are certified from accredited schools and experienced in all computer areas. If you find yourself in a situation where you have had no success resolving your problem, your best option is to contact a computer maintenance expert.

 


There's No Escape From The Computer Craze Of Today

You tried to deny it by saying things like "it's a fad", "it will never catch on", it's only for games and science nerds. Well guess what computers have taken over and if you don't use one yet you better soon before you go the way of the dinosaur and become extinct!

Computers are everywhere! Take a minute to try and think of one place that is not using a computer of some kind. Go on, just try. Can't think of one can you? That's because everyone from the small mom-and-pop store to the high tech hospital is using a computer. Because of the preponderance of computers we are now a self service nation. Remember when you could pull into a gas station, have one man pump your gas, another clean your windshield, and yet another check your oil? No? You must be too young then but it did happen at one time.

Some glaring examples of self service due to computers are the ATM machine no human teller needed, cash registers that send purchase details back to headquarters, no waiting for snail mail to show up days later, or ordering a pizza from a predetermined menu on the phone, once again no human interaction needed. It is important to realize that interacting with a computer is now a requirement, whether you like it or not. After all, how many times have you already heard "press 1 for English"? You must make that fateful leap onto the binary bandwagon or forever be considered a fossil.

Let's make some predictions shall we?

The old way of doing things will slowly disappear
All paper based transactions will disappear (checks, money orders)

All documentation (file cabinets) will be converted to electronic files

The post office will become obsolete
Homes will become less cluttered with stacks of paper
Natural resources will once again flourish

This all sounds wonderful but also scary to someone not comfortable on the computer. Just remember, computers are designed so even a child can use them and the menus and options available are very easy to understand. So you will be just fine no matter how many buttons there are.

It's easy, so let's walk through it. When you first sit at a computer you look for the main menu, this is usually displayed as soon as you turn the computer on. All the options on the main menu will take you to additional menus. Think of it as ordering a potato at a restaurant. The main menu is the potato, the additional menus are the choice between having your potato baked, mashed, or fried. With me so far? All these additional menus will do is help you narrow down exactly which service you need, like finally ordering your potato baked with sour cream and chives with a little butter on the side. See how easy that was?

Two of your best friends on any computer are the return to main menu option and help. By returning to the main menu you can start your search over if you find yourself in a place you don't want to be. The help option gives some great advice on how to use a service and may even provide contact information if you would rather talk to a person.

There is just no way around it, computers are here to stay. Love em or hate em, they are virtually impossible to avoid. Just remember the potato (menu system) and you will soon be using the computer like a pro!

 


Things You Need To Know Before Choosing Your Video Card For Your Computer

The video card in your computer is what gives you the ability to game and be able to see things. The video card or graphics card is what produces images and lets you play all those games that you want to play all the time. It is what lets you watch videos and things like that.

The video card that you need depends on what you use your computer for and what you are going to be using the video card for. If you are just going to be using your computer for business then you can usually use the stock video card, if you are going to be using your computer for gaming and watching a lot of videos then you should get a good video card like a Radeon or an Nvidia. When it does come time to replace your video card is sure that when you buy it or order it that you get the right interface, if your computer was made after 2000 then you most likely have pci express. AGP is the older type of interface and that is what I have on my gaming computer but it doesn't let me play games anymore so I had to buy a newer computer and now all my games work flawlessly. If you are a gamer get an Nvidia card.

When you are just using your computer for normal things and typing and chatting you do not need an upgraded video card you just don't need it. You are just going to be typing and not watching any videos or playing games so you should be fine.

People who are into digital and like to use the advantages of their video cards will need to get something that allows them to do whatever they need to do with their video card. Like use a crazy resolution and use two monitors to play their video games.

If you are an editor then you are going to be using a computer and you are going to be watching a lot of videos so therefore you will need an upgraded video card so you can watch the video on one screen and edit the video on the other screen, with a stock video card you cannot perform dual screen that well. You can even add a TV instead of just having another screen but it is much easier just to add a second screen so you can just slide your mouse to the other screen and start editing. So if you need a video card for the job that you have then you need to go out there and look for one that you need. If you are a big time gamer then you might want to get a SLi ready motherboard so that you can run two video cards instead of one at the same time. You will be using twice the power so your picture will be like plasma.

 




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