There’s nothing quite like experiencing a computer crash, rebooting and finding out that you’re missing data—whether it’s years of photos that are corrupted and no longer able to be viewed or countless documents that have simply vanished into the abyss. It’s enough to make anyone lose their mind!

Thankfully, in today’s day and age of technology, data loss is becoming more and more preventable and data that might have once been lost or damaged can now be recovered safely after incidents. The best part is, you don’t even need to make an appointment that the Apple Store in Chandler, AZ: you can take preventative data measures by yourself each and every day! Take a look at a few tips for keeping your data safe at all times:

  • Utilize Apple’s iCloud storage space or invest in cloud storage that you can sync to your Mac. Dropbox, and even Google drive offer large chunks of space for pennies on the dollar (sometimes even free), allowing you to store your files in the cloud where they can’t be harmed by any single computer crash.
  • Frequently saving documents is absolutely the way to go on a more refined level. Taking a tenth of a second to hit “Command+S” while you’re working in a document means your progress has been saved in case something goes awry. Best of all, if you have Time Machine enabled on your Mac or are saving things to iCloud in versions, you can even go back to explore past versions of files if something happens down the line with a newer draft.
  • Enable Time Machine on your Mac. Don’t think about it: just do it! This wonderful feature ensures that your Mac is automatically backing itself up to an external source regularly so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. If and when something goes wrong, just recall the most recent backup and pick up where you left off.
  • Make copies of important documents and be sure to have them stored safely in appropriate places. For example, if you file your taxes digitally, save a copy to your hard drive, a copy to your cloud and stick a copy on a flash drive in case of emergency, along with other personal documents.
  • Don’t install suspicious apps on your computer or open untrusted documents! This might not have any relation to backing up your data directly, but it’s often the source of many troublesome computer issues that might result in you losing your data via a system failure. Observing good habits regarding what’s allowed on your computer versus what’s not will narrow the chances that you encounter troublesome data loss.

Invest in at least one of the tips above to make sure that your data is in good hands at all times and you’ll feel immensely better the next time your computer encounters issues. And, as a last resort, know that you can always try to visit the Apple Store in Chandler, AZ to see if anything can be recovered from your hard drive itself—just don’t let this be your only fail safe against lost data or you could be in for a rude awakening.

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