You can learn to deal with the thing we all dread, a computer crash. Hopefully you diligently back up work but even if that's not case, stay calm. There is still hope and even if you're not a wiz at computers there are people out there who can help.
If your computer suffers a system failure, this guide will help you work through the pain and stress and recover lost data with ease.
You Will Need
* External drive
* Computer expert
Step 1: Back up information
Back up important documents and information to an external drive at least once a month. This will lessen the blow of a system crash.
Step 2: Walk away
Walk away from your computer after a crash. Take a deep breath and don't panic. Return when you are able to think clearly and make logical, stress-free decisions.
Don't hit or yell at your computer. Sweet-talking your computer won't help, either.
Step 3: Wait for tomorrow
Wait for tomorrow if you suffer a computer crash late in the day or at night. Give the computer — and yourself — a break.
Step 4: Restart computer
Restart the computer and undo everything you did up until the crash including uninstalling programs, deleting downloads, and unplugging a new device.
Step 5: Turn it off
Turn off your computer if it won't boot. If there is an error message asking you a question and you don't know the answer, don't guess, but don't turn it off, either.
Step 6: Call an expert
Call an expert if your troubleshooting leads nowhere. Often it takes a professional to discover the real problem with special software.
In September 2008, heavy trading on the London Stock Exchange caused a computer crash that froze the markets for a full day.
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