There are many things in the world today that may cause you to despair — the struggling economy, uneasiness about world terror plots, the mediocrity of your alma mater’s football team, etc. Despite the bad news, we cling to the hope that things will improve and we keep pushing forward.
One area where we tend to lose all hope, however, is with our computer problems. If our hard drive takes a catastrophic nose-dive, we resort to full-fledged panic. Panic quickly turns to grief as we mourn the loss of cherished photos, music, e-mails, and school papers. Hope seems to exit right along with those files into the great digital graveyard.
At the risk of sounding a bit cliché, let me say that we must hold on to hope. All is not lost, no matter how bleak the situation. There are options that can pull you back from deep cyber-despair. Dale Carnegie once said that “most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” You have important blogs to post, e-mails to write, songs to hear, and photos to share. Here’s how you can keep trying when all seems to be lost.
The first step is to remain calm. Throwing your computer into a canyon will not bring your files back, even if it gives you a surprisingly enjoyable feeling of satisfaction. Now is the time for positive action, not destruction or self-pity. Quick action may just salvage your term paper or your first child’s baby photos.
The next thing you need to do is seek professional help. Not for your physical or emotional state ... that shouldn’t be necessary at this point. You need a computer guy to pull out the big guns. A professional can help you restore your hard drive data after severe meltdowns or virus attacks. While there are some situations that may be beyond restorative help, many times the files can be recovered. A trusted repair shop can guide you through the process, but keep in mind that restorative procedures are not a do-it-yourself type of job.
In the end, the best way to avoid the hopeless feeling of losing your files is to have a backup system in place. Preparation leads to peace of mind ... before and after a catastrophe.
Computer Problem Specialists is dedicated to providing the Payson community with the technical support necessary to bring back your corrupted files or to develop a plan to backup your system. Call us at (928)468-0000 to speak with a trained technician.
There may not be much you can do for that struggling football team. You are at the mercy of that overrated quarterback and a slew of hamstring injuries. Perhaps there isn’t any hope, after all.
But your computer situation is different. Don’t lose hope. Step away from that canyon and put the CPU down slowly. Computers don’t fly well, anyways ... trust me.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.