I haven’t blogged here for quite some time, over a month now!  A few weeks ago, my computer crashed completely!  Nothing related to microsoft would open or function at all.  I could not run repairs, uninstalls or updates.  I ended up having to reformat my whole system and reload every program I had.  If you have done this before, you know what a horrible process it is, even if you have everything backed up.

If you haven’t already, back up everything!  There are a lot of ways that this can be done.  You can buy an external storage drive, which is a good way to go and you can get them for a reasonable price.  There are also on-line services where you can back up your files.  One that is fairly familiar is Carbonite.  You can try it out before paying and then if you like it, the monthly cost is reasonable.  One other is Mozy, which has been advertised a lot lately on tv and radeo.

Whatever avenue you take, don’t wait!  Fortunately, my important stuff was on an external drive, so I didn’t lose actual files.  The hardest part was going and finding all of the programs to reinstall.  So far, things are running smoothly now, but it is never failsafe, so have backups!!!