Laptops and desktop computers are essential for modern life. However, just like any other piece of technology in your home, they don’t always work as intended. Sometimes there are physical hardware issues, and more commonly there are issues with software that affect the functioning of your computer. Fortunately, if you think ahead, there are some preventative steps you can take to mitigate the problems you face from any computer trouble.
The most serious consequences of a broken computer is that you lose access to several things. The internet, your files and your emails can all be out of reach if you rely on your computer to access them.
If access to these things is important to you, it makes sense to plan for this scenario in advance and have at least one alternative device that you can use in an emergency or the funds available to buy a new device quickly. While tablets and mobile phones may not be ideal for browsing and editing files, in a pinch they will do just fine and you can pick one up for a fairly small expense. These devices will work perfectly fine for simple web browsing and keeping up with email.
If your only alternatives are tablets or phones, you may have issues staying caught up on work if your computer problem is a serious one. If you can’t justify the expense of keeping a spare laptop in case our current one dies, it’s worth looking in to insurance for your current laptop (people like Gadget Cover are a good place to start), so you can fund buying a new one if needed. Failing that, if your current laptop dies, your best solution is to borrow one from a friend or find a local internet café or library. Of course, you should make a list of your options before you have problems with your computer and lose access to the internet.
Saving Your Important Files
One problem still remains however, which is that your broken computer has all your important files on it, either for work or just personal stuff. There are two solutions for this, both involving backing up the files.
If you prefer physical backups you can buy an external hard drive (HD) and either work directly off of it or occasionally back up important files. If your computer breaks you can plug this into most other computers without an issue.
The second option is to utilize a cloud storage solution. The popular options are Dropbox and Google Drive, but there are many similar services out there that largely perform the same task. You can store and edit files on these cloud platforms, which means they won’t actually be hosted on your local computer. If your computer breaks down, you can then log into the cloud service on any device with internet access and use your files.
The most important thing you can take from this is that it’s important to be prepared. If you’ve prepared in advance then even if something disastrous happens to your computer, there won’t be any major repercussions other than the cost of a repair or new laptop. This is something that shouldn’t be put off, so if you haven’t prepared yourself for an accident, please do so as soon as possible.
Nathan Morgan has been an IT professional for 14 years. His work is currently focused on Linux servers and he has been an encryption and data protection specialist for 5 years leading the deployment of the company data protection strategy. An avid user of technology, he frequently needs his own services in the field of data recovery and keeps up to date with all the latest news and developments.