Completing regular maintenance tasks can help prevent the need to perform data recovery in the future. Consider setting aside at least one day per month to perform the following tasks.

Virus Scanning

Downloading a virus scanner that runs in the background is a good idea regardless of the operating system you are using. Even though virus infection is more common with Microsoft Windows machines, a Mac OS X system may still be infected with a virus. Consider using a virus scanner from a reputable company and make sure that it is updated on a regular basis, since many new viruses are created every day.

Data Backup

Back up your data on a regular basis. While you do not have to backup all of your files on a regular basis, you should at least back up files that are important and difficult to replace. Consider backing up your files on a weekly basis.


Check to see if any of your applications or your operating system require updates and install the updates on a regular basis. If you are unsure what the purpose of the update is, you can check with the software developer s website, or for Mac OS X, Apple s website to discover what the purpose of the upgrade is.


Consider changing your Administrative passwords at least every 3 to 6 months. Your passwords should include at least one number, a special character such as an exclamation point, and not be easily identifiable.

Disk Maintenance

Run a disk defragmenter and scanner on at least a monthly basis. This will help identify any problem areas with your hard disk and also improve performance.

Keeping your computer updated and maintained doesn't have to be a chore, and can help keep your data safe and computer running like new.

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