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I Told Ya'

I Told Ya'
by Gary Woods

I've been bugging you people for years about backing up all your data. Whether you use an external hard drive, a second hard drive in your computer or one of the online backup systems you gotta' back up your stuff. But, in case all those warning have gone unheeded and you're sitting there staring at a blank screen, before you pry your hard drive out of the case and send it off to OnTrack Data Recover with your check for $1,500 or more I've got a suggestion for you.

ProSoft Engineering, inc. ( has a product for both Macs and PCs that might be able to get your data back for about $100. Their new product, Data Rescue 3 will run a quick diagnostic on a drive to determine whether you have corrupt files. Then, after you've made a clone of your drive which should take between 3 and 4 hours you can unleash Data Rescue to see if it can recover your lost information.

The new iteration of the software supports hundreds of file types and has a feature called FileIQ which learns about file types like oddball raw files from digital cameras. The program even lets you burn a DVD clone of your hard which can be used to boot your computer.

So, if you've ignored my pleas to back up your data then you might want to go to Amazon and at least put ProSoft's Data Rescue 3 on your wish list.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc