Impress Computers is a family owned and operated computer store located in Houston / Katy. They specialize in computer and laptop repair as well as the sale of new and recertified computers, laptops, printers and toner & ink. They have fully qualified techs who go on-site to the customer as well as fully equiped work shop at 1718 Fry Rd
Every week we have at least one customer who has lost their data because they did not have a recent backup of their data. There are so many reasons why data is lost but these have been the most common ones:-
Hard Drive Failure - sometimes this is a mechanical failure or an
electrical failure caused by a surge. Either way your data is not
recoverable except through expensive data recovery, which can cost thousands and even then there is no guarantee.
To determine how much space you need you can Double Click on COMPUTER,
Double Click on C DRIVE, then Right Click on "USERS "(Windows 7 / Vista)
or "Documents and Properties" (Windows XP) and go to properties. This
will let you know how many GB's of data you have stored in your
documents, photos, music, favorites. If you save your documents to a
different location you will want to check that folder size as well.
To save your files you can right click on the USER folder and press
"copy", then go to the external device and Right Click and press
You should keep at least 3 backups. Small files on a jump drive, a full
backup on an external and off site backups in case of catastrophic
disaster.(One lightning hit took out both the PC and the external hard
drive leaving the customer stranded, whilst another customer had both
laptop and external drive stolen!)
We will also be running backup classes shortly for in depth information contact Mandy or Steve on 281-647-9977
Why is a Battery Backup (UPS) needed?
Having a surge protector is better than nothing, but there are several
advantages to having a battery backup or UPS (Uninteruptable Power
Supply). During the day we are seeing numerous brownouts, where the
lights flicker. This plays havoc with electronics, but having your
computer plugged into the UPS means that you are not affected.
If the power goes off and you are plugged into a UPS means that you
don't miss a beat and can carry on working for a short period. You also
you don't lose what you were working on and windows does not get
corrupted. When the power comes back on there is often a surge or spike
in the electrical current. You will be protected by being plugged into
So in a nutshell
1. Your equipment lasts longer as it is not subjected to power fluctuations
2. You have a lower chance of losing documents that you are working on
3. You have a lower chance of complete hard drive failure.
In addition to this, good Internet sense is also required.
Treat every link or attachment with suspicion, even when it comes from
someone you know. When opening emails watch out for .zip and .exe
When searching the Internet be careful of suspicious sites with lots of activity.
Avoid downloading free music and videos
Avoid cheat sheet sites and torrent websites
Always have at least two backups
When you have a pop-up on your screen, DO NOT HIT THE "X" or CANCEL!
This can activate a fake antivirus which will take over your computer.
It is better to hit ALT-F4 to close it down or CONTROL-ALT-DELETE and
close that application.