Had a close call this evening, where had I made some good backups at some point life would have been less stressful. Nearly managed to loose the vauge backups I had done so really scared myself!
So this Christmas if you do nothing else then BACKUP your computer. Don't go and ruin the holiday by spending it trying to remember what files you had where and getting what settings you had made to suit your needs.
As with so many electrical things, failure seems to happen most on power up/power down and if you are someone who only turns the PC off for Christmas day then do make sure you've got those backups in place.
And even if you do have those backups, spend an extra 10 mins just checking that they do work and you know how to use them should the worst occur.
One day, after a few more scares, I'll listen to my own advice!
I am shocked by the number of home / small businesses i turn up to that have NO backup strategy. Worse still they have a random method of filing the documents across the hard disk.
A few weeks ago i was called out to a very corrupt installtion of Windows Me. The hardware was ok but the owner had ingored 6 months or so of increasingly more frequent crashes and error messages. He finally decided to call me the day it wouldn't start. Fortunately he'd decided to buy a new PC so when he got it i was able to rescue the data (eventually due to the random nature of his filing) and format and utilise the old disk as a backup drive.
EVERYTHING was on there - invoices, plans, accounts for 4 - 5 years...