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Disk and Sector Repairs

All hard drives can crash and the older they are the more likely they will crash. Unlike some of the newer Solid State Drives (SSD) which are now a more stable option, Older IDE drives are mechanical and like all things mechanical wear over time. With the right equipment, most of your files can be recreated from bad sectors. In addition bad sectors can be blocked from being used in the future. Having said that I highly recommend replacing any crashed drive with a new and stable version. If you are using an older IDE, transfering your system to a SSD can speed up your entire system. The best way to protect yourself is to have a backup plan in place and used long before a disk goes bad. There are several backup plans available to the home user, some require the purchase of commercial software but most of what you need is already contained within your operating system.

  1. The first is to reate a Clone or (mirror) of your current disk. You create an exact copy of your system on the day it is created. If your main drive does crash, or becomes infected, it is possible to replace its contents with the cloned disk.
  2. Performing a full system backup is another highly recommended way of preserving your system and files.
  3. Performing incremental file saves. This option will save your personal files, including all documents, images, spreadsheets, etc. I suggest they be saved on a separate drive, CD, DVD or USB on a daily basis. In this way, even if your system does crash your will have access to all your personal files.
  4. There are several software solutions for backing up your files, creating clones and saving individual files. All of this is discussed in Desertskycomp.com webpages. Most of the suggestions and instructions are for the free options available to you and I even discuss some of the more robust versions. They may charge you an annual fee but freeyour of the worry oflosing your files or recovering your system.

If you need additional help or a more detailed explanition, Just email me at to schedule a visit to your home. If you rather, you may call or text me; (909) 702 0235. Please note that because of the number of spam phone calls I receive, there is a possibility that your call my be inadvertently blocked as spam. If you suspect that your call was blocked please text your message.

  1. Remember! There is no charge for in-home visits.
  2. There is no charge for a quick diagnostics once I arrive
  3. There is no charge if your disk cannot be repaired or your files retreived.
  4. If you computer requires repairs or replacement disks have to be installed, I will quote you a suggested price for the repairs.
  5. The quote is for the service, parts and repairs. I am here to help Mesquite residents by offering the lowest prices for quality repair and services.
    If you live in one of the surrounding areas there may be a travel charge that will be discussed prior to my visit.
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