Your personal computer contains a great deal of personal and private information. When it needs to go in for service there can be a great deal of anxiety with leaving it in the hands of a computer repair technician. Not only will they have access to your password-protected accounts, technicians will be performing complicated procedures that can often include your computers hard drive. Thus, it is important to take necessary precautions to ensure that your computer and its data are protected before it is services to avoid any unnecessary disasters resulting in lost data.
Preparing Your PC for A Trip into The Computer Repair Shop
- Store Important Information on The Cloud: Many people cannot live without their personal computers or the information on them, so it is inevitable that you will more likely than not need to access to the info on the PC while it is in for repair. To be able to accomplish this it is vital to add current projects into a folder on the cloud such as Dropbox or OneDrive. This allows the files to be accessed from another source at any time.
- Backup: A backup of your PC is always important but never as much as when your computer is going in for repairs, just in case something was to happen that damages the hard drive. This ensures that the data files can be restored, and your computer returned to its original state. When a backup is restored it is important that the original image was not the cause of the initial need for service.
- Protection of Sensitive Materials: For most of us there is information stored within our PC’s that we don’t want people to see or have access to. Some of this could include bank statements, credit card information, tax forms, or anything that is potentially “embarrassing” to you or those to stumble upon it. These files should either be removed, after you have securely backed them up to an external source or encrypted.
- Be Prepared for An Unexpected Diagnosis: Many times, over we self-diagnosis our computer problems without much to go on. Even after talking with the PC repair technician we often have a false sense of what is wrong based on their best guess given they have yet to dive in to the system for a proper diagnosis. It is vital to be prepared for a diagnosis that is different than what you had anticipated; also meaning the time frame for fixing said issue could be significantly different.
Often the trip to have your computer worked on will go smoother than anticipated but it is always important to be prepared for the inevitable.
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