People often think of data backup as being something that is only used in business. However, data backup can be very important for home users as well, even though the average home user often doesn’t have any recent backups of their data.
The most common type of data that home users like to back up is photos – these tend to be very important and irreplaceable if a home computer should fail.
There have been many occasions where we have had to inform a customer that their hard drive has failed and they have lost all of the data on it. For this reason, we always recommend that customers put a backup in place if they have any important information.
Backing up to a USB drive
At the very simplest level, you can back up your data to an external hard drive or even a USB pen drive. You can do this manually by selecting all of your data, copying it and then pasting it onto your USB drive.
We can also introduce an automated system for backing up your data. We recommend several programs including Second backup and Duplicati. Both of these programs are free to use and they offer a way to partially or fully automate the backing up of your data. We can install and configure these programs for you.
Sometimes backing up to an external hard drive just isn’t enough. If you had a fire, a flood or even a power surge then both your computer and your backup drive could become corrupt and useless. In this case, a cloud backup would save the day.
Despite popular belief, cloud-based backup is very secure and when you consider that all modern computers are connected to the internet, and thus susceptible to viruses and hacking attempts, it often makes more sense to have your data stored in an enterprise data backup environment with high levels of security in place rather than having it stored locally on your computer and protected only by a home firewall.
We are resellers for Livedrive cloud backup software, which is an excellent program that will automatically upload all of your data periodically (It can be configured to upload changes to your data as they occur or on a daily basis). The software will store an unlimited number of revisions, in the cloud, for all of the data that you select and will allow you to restore that data to any given point in time, should you need to do so.
This form of offsite backup protects you against any local issues including fire, theft, flooding, power surges and even malicious viruses that encrypt the local copies of your data.
Livedrive Cloud backup is available for just £50.00 per year and will give you peace of mind when it comes to your precious data.
Thank you for your prompt attention re setting up my wi fi printer to my I pad .
Also for finding and downloading Documents which enables me to type up my short stories and poetry .
Although these are simple tasks for you it was too much of a task for this non technical pensioner .
I will certainly have no hesitation in calling on your help in future should I need it .
Thank you .
When our ELDERLY computer would not start we decided to contact Qwerty IT Services in the hope that it could be saved and all its files. The fact that David would come to the house was a bonus. David responded quickly and was so pleasant and friendly, explaining what was needing done in a way we could understand without being patronising.
Our elderly computer is now up and running but we know that it is on borrowed time so we are now working with David to have a new computer built to our own specifications.
Excellent service from start to finish.
Excellent service, prompt responses, expert advice.
Any problem with my computer Is always solved and corrected.
Speedy and without any haggle.
Highly recommend Dave’s services. We had him replace the power supply on our PC and upgrade the hard drive in a new laptop. He was very efficient, clear about the process and price.
We are delighted with the speedy, efficient service you gave us in setting up our home wifi. We cannot recommend you too highly and will certainly use your business for future assistance. For older people who have not grown up with IT we found it a comfort to know we have someone we can turn to when problems arise or if we require advice.
I was impressed by your service. You gave a speedy response to my call identified the issues I had and resolved them quickly and professionally.
I would have no hesitation in contacting you again should I need to. Your phone number is pinned up above my Laptop!!!!
Thank you so much for your help in solving our computer problems. It is a pleasure to recommend your efficiency and helpfulness. Two ‘oldies’ are so grateful that we now have somebody to consult to sort out our computer problems. Thank you!
I can only thank, David not only his help but his thorough expertise of all computer maters relating to the issues I had with my computer. Not to mention the fact that he was always at the end of the phone for any follow up questions. I would have no hesitation whatsoever, in recommending him to anyone.
I was impressed with the quiet, efficient and friendly manner in which David listened to the problems I was having with my Computer. After carefully examining the various options available David accepted my decision to purchase a new Computer (My current Unit was passed it’s best) and arranged for a new Computer to be purchased and set-up to my requirements, including the transfer of all pertinent information from the old machine.
Responded quickly to my call to set up a new Printer. Can highly recommend.
Thanks for both the advice and the photo info. And once again your 24hrs turn-a-round. Problem solved. I certainly am reassured to know that someone who REALLY knows what they are talking about. And will be passing on your contact details to anyone I find in need of professional computer services.
Fantastic service every time. Would highly recommend David at QWERTY IT.
Just a little note to thank you very much for the work carried out on our Computer We were very pleased with your prompt attention to this matter and hope that you will be of service to us if needed in the future Internet meantime working and we shall recommend you to our friends Thanks again Jim and Sheila Cooper.
I tried the machine tonight and it’s clearly muck quicker. The software starts up a lot quicker and seems a bit more responsive too. All other things I tried no longer had the pause from before so it’s really good.
Excellent service from Dave, Quick response, friendly and careful consultation, and problem sorted. Would definitely recommend.
Have used David to fix various problems and install hardware on many occasions and found him to be excellent and very knowledgeable,does not talk down to those less PC savvy.
David of Qwerty IT Services gives a very prompt and professional service at reasonable prices. I would recommend this company 100%.
This service was excellent. The person came to my house, assessed what the IT problem was with my email and attachments and fixed it quickly. I have had no problems ever since.
A good reliable and bespoke service which I will definitely use again if required.
I’m absolutely delighted with the work Qwertyit did for me recently. It was a tricky job involving the replacement of a cracked screen.
Dave was extremely helpful and professional and I would definitely use them again.
Excellent value from a locally based company who put personal service first.
Dave was extremely helpful and informative when we decided to purchase a new PC. He gave us options to select from and we ordered and received the computer within a week. Dave copied all info from our previous computer and gave us help using our new one.
Hi would just like to say a big thankyou. Have had the upgrade done that I won recently and am very happy with the results.
I was very happy with the work done by David at Qwertyitservices in setting up my new laptop. Would certainly recommend to anyone.
Would highly recommend David for his service
We found Dave Silvester easy to work with and friendly, helpful and competent.