Back up your data
Having a copy of your critical files is itself a very
important aspect of your computer safety. There are several reasons, which can
cause losing of your data: a computer virus attack, a natural disaster, a
program bug, a wrong user command, etc.
However, even though data storage devices have been improving
constantly during several last years, the most common problem that causes data
losing is still hard disk failures. If you have noticed that your disk is not in
good condition, you probably need to review and change your backing up strategy.
Look through your files and evaluate those you need to include into your
backups. Backup the most important files more frequently. Place your backups to
CDs or to an off-site storage.
If you use Hard Drive Inspector under Windows NT 4.0 / 2000 /
XP you may use NTBackup.exe utility, which is located in "Windows\System32"
folder. This program creates compressed backups of local or network files to
hard drives, CD's and other removable devices, and so on. This utility supports
the command-line interface, and that is why you can use it by setting "Run
program on critical changes" option in the "S.M.A.R.T" tab of the "Options"