The story is a familiar one:  You’re frantically working on a project, trying to meet the deadline- and then it happens.  Your computer freezes and you hear the dreadful click, click, click of your hard drive.  After trying unsuccessfully to restart your computer, you realize that there is no way you are going to resurrect it-the hard drive is toast. You rush out to the  store to buy a new hard drive and start to think about all of the applications you will need to install before you can resume your project. “I hope I still have all of the installation media, where did I put all of my software programs?”.  Most of the day will be spent installing the hard drive, re-installing the operating system , and of course re-installing and configuring all of your software- if you can locate it all.  Hopefully you were wise enough to save your data files on an external hard drive or in the cloud- maybe you learned that lesson the hard way too?

crashThere is a better way to operate in the face of a disaster.  Cloning your computer can save you (and save face) in the event of a catastrophic hard drive or other hardware failure.  There are many methods available to Mac and PC users alike to avert disaster – but one thing is certain –  you’ve got to be proactive and do something before disaster strikes!

Lets talk PC’s first. One of our favorite methods is using a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD). Although VHDs  are a little complex for the average user, they are one of the easiest ways to completely restore your computer from a backup .VHD file.  another option is using VMWare’s VM Player to convert the computer into a virtual machine that can be run using VMWare’s free player. The beauty of this method is that you don’t have to have the same replacement hardware in the event of a failure and the VM (virtual machine) can be played on (virtually) any computer.

Mac users don’t fret, we will talk about your options too.  Be sure you use Time Machine to your advantage. Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of OS X that works with your Mac and an external drive. Connect the drive, tell Time Machine to use it, and relax. Time Machine automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, email messages, music, photos, movies, and documents. With Time Machine, you can go “back in time” to restore files, versions of files, or your entire system.  Another great option for Mac is Carbon Copy Cloner.  We love this software because it creates and exact clone of  any disk and creates a bootable copy of your OS X boot drive. 

Whatever the reasons be, alot of people dont believe it will happen to them. Don’t  be like the homeowner who gets a security system after they’ve been robbed. Be proactive.  Not only backup, but clone your system. Soho Genius provides backup and cloning services! Let Soho Genius show you the way. Call today and avert disaster!