In a previous post, I mentioned that Microsoft® had released its new Window 8® operating system. I promised I’d give you some tips to make the transition easier for you and safer for your data. There have been many instances of people losing files when transitioning to any new OS.

Microsoft® provided an upgrade advisor for the past several OS releases. I would definitely recommend that you download the advisor from the Microsoft® website and run the program before making any upgrade. It checks your current hardware and software and highlights any issues. Sometimes the problems are just cosmetic. However, I did have an old workhorse of a printer that wouldn’t work with Windows 7®.

However, there are some steps you should take that are extremely important. You definitely want to protect your important files, especially if you use your computer for business. This one should be obvious; but many data recovery experts have told me that almost 95 percent of small- to mid-sized businesses do not have an adequate backup plan for their data. In fact, most have no plan at all.

We offer two options: Data Backup PC3 for Windows-based machines and Data Backup 3 for Macs. Our parent company, Prosoft Engineering, developed and supports these award-winning programs. A good backup routine is essential for protecting your files, especially during an OS upgrade.

Unfortunately, folks will still lose data. We provide state-of-the-art RAID data recovery and HDD data recovery service in our Livermore, California facility. If you lose data for any reason, give us a call. We’re ready to help.