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A Completely FREE Windows Backup Software Solution…
Something that I like to do here at “What’s On My PC” is to promote file and data backup solutions for people at home. One option, that has been around for years, is SyncBackFree, which is geared for those looking for a simple backup solution.
SyncBackFREE and the commercial versions of SyncBack are developed by 2BrightSparks. 2BrightSparks Pte. Ltd. was incorporated in 2004 and has established a reputation in developing high quality, easy to use utility software. SyncBack, their class-leading backup software, was first released in 2003.
Compare SyncBack Editions. SyncBackFree gives you:
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• Restore backup files easily
• Email logs
• Run programs before and after profiles
• Schedule backups
• Unicode enabled for non-English filenames
• Simple and Advanced mode
• Runs on Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista (32/64 bit)
• For Windows Server use SyncBackPro or SyncBackSE
• Extensive Help Documentation
• Completely Free Windows Backup solution!
A Hardware Backup Solution (and Strategy)
Now that you have been given a FREE backup solution, you need something to backup to. Here at “What’s On My PC” I go to a portable backup solution, such as a portable hard drive, to back up my important files (such as documents, photos, and videos). One strategy to consider is to backup your data to the portable drive and if it is really important, store the drive offsite in a safe deposit box. If you can afford it, buy two drives, keep one at home and one at your offsite location and rotate them. It all depends on how important your data is to you; but, the bottom line is that you need to back up your files (you will not regret it).
An economical solution I found on Amazon is the Toshiba Canvio Advance 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0. If you want more choices of portable hard drives (and capacities), then CLICK HERE.
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Learn about the latest USB cable connector, called USB-C:
The USB-C connector looks similar to a micro USB connector at first glance, though it’s more oval-shaped and slightly thicker to accommodate its best feature: Like Lightning and MagSafe, the USB-C connector has no up or down orientation. Line up the connector properly, and you don’t have to flip it to plug it in. The cables also have the same connector on both ends, so you don’t have to figure out which end goes where, which has not been the case with all the USB cables we’ve been using for the past 20 years.
I have been doing IT for many years, working with hundreds of PCs, and I cannot remember having to replace the power supply in any of the computers I managed. Probably was just a stroke of luck on my part.
Recently that stroke of luck changed. Have you ever heard that things happen in threes? In this case, three was the magic number.
The following computer power supply failures occurred within a period of 3 days on 3 different computers that were around the 3 year mark in age.
First, my niece… Her PC would not boot. Power was present to the monitor and other peripherals; however, no power to the computer. Suspected and later confirmed it was the power supply.
Second, my brother… His PC would not boot. Power was present to the monitor and other peripherals; however, no power to the computer. Suspected and later confirmed it was the power supply.
Third, my PC… The domino affect. First symptom that I noticed began about a month ago. On occasions I would walk away from my computer, returning an hour or two later to discover that my computer had shutdown and booted on its’ own. Second symptom was more recent. Following a boot of the computer I would go online and suddenly a lockup would occur to the point that nothing worked other than manually powering down the PC. When these two symptoms occurred, I often rebooted and worked with no problems and would not experience these symptoms again for days. Third symptom that occurred was that the computer would suddenly shut down. Then came symptom number four… Power was present to the monitor and other peripherals; however, no power to the computer.
Here are some symptoms you may experience that could indicate that your power supply is failing. Diagnosing power supply problems can be difficult; however, once you start seeing more than one of these symptoms, put the power supply on your troubleshooting checklist.
- Circuit breakers popping when the PC is turned on
- System startup failures or lockups
- Noticeable change in how long it takes for your PC to boot and shutdown
- Spontaneous rebooting or intermittent lockups during normal operation (small brownouts)
- Memory Errors
- HDD and fan simultaneously failing to spin
- HDD file system corruption
- USB devices power issues
- Overheating due to fan failure
- Electric shocks that are felt when the case is touched
- BIOS beeping codes detected
During the course of all that I was experiencing, I was leaning toward the power supply being the culprit and had prepared myself early on. As soon as I started experiencing the first round of hiccups, I made sure I had a backup of all of my data (which I religiously perform on a regular basis anyway). I also went to the computer manufacturer’s website to explore power supply problems and to determine if there were any specs on the power supply in my computer, and if there was any information available on how to remove and install the power supply.
The computer I own is a Hewlett Packard multimedia PC with a 300 watt power supply. What I found on the HP site for my PC was awesome. It showed, step-by-step, the removal process (with pics) and even a video on how to remove the front and side panels of the computer, where the power and drive leads for the power supply were located and what to be cautious of (such as static electricity).
I have been inside of computers many times and knew pretty much the rundown to remove and replace the power supply; however, something as simple as removing the case panels was a major help. When it came time to remove the power supply in my computer, the homework paid off. I had the panels off of the PC, the power leads to the motherboard and drives disconnected, the drives pushed forward to create working room, and the power supply removed within 10 minutes. All together, in my case, removal of (6)-six screws were involved. Note: While I was inside the case of the computer I performed a thorough cleaning, as well.
To replace the power supply, I ended up going from a 300 watt power supply to a 400 watt power supply made by Dynex (through Best Buy). The form factor of the Dynex matched my system perfectly. There are numerous power supply options available on the market (see here for an example)
Following the replacement of the power supply in my computer I noticed (2)-two remarkable improvements. My computer starts up noticeably faster and shuts down noticeably faster. For example, it took me 1.5 to 3 minutes to boot up prior to the replacement. Following the replacement of the power supply, my computer now boots to the Windows 7 desktop in less than 1 minute.
In the end, diagnosing a failing power supply can be a challenge, but eventually the symptoms of things to come will rear its’ ugly head. Just be prepared, have your data backed up, and do some research.
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