Over the holidays I pieced together a new PC through Newegg & Ebay. Bought the best of the best parts (or the best my budget could afford) and spent a few hours putting her together. Bios posted on first boot and Windows 7 installed like a dream. Couldn’t be happier.
Roll forward to yesterday. My brand new 500GB SSD drive failed. To say I was pissed is an understatement! Lucky for me, HM Sync had my database backed up so I wasn’t worried about losing all my hand histories.
Read on if you’re interested in more tips to keep all your PC data backed up along with a new video about HM Sync.
Lucky for me, power cycling the SSD drive brought it back to life and Bios could recognize it. Many times you won’t be as lucky as me and that’s why it’s always a good idea to keep everything backed up.
There are many 3rd party solutions to back your stuff up, but the easiest and most cost effective way to do it is with Windows Easy File Transfer Utility. This utility will even setup your Outlook email accounts and various other tedious tasks when moving to a new PC.
I generally try to back everything up once a month. If Poker is your main source of income you’re being reckless if you are not taking every step possible to backup your PC regularly! The following are further steps you should take if Poker is your main source of income.
- Have 2 Internet Service Providers
- Have a battery backup power supply
- Have a backup PC ready to go.
- Don’t use outdated hardware. If your PC is 5 years old and all your income comes from poker, it’s time to think about buying a new PC. If your PC is 4-5 years old and you have a dual core processor, you bought a budget PC 4-5 years ago and this same PC was a high-end PC 10 years ago.
Do your research if you plan on buying a new PC. Here’s a couple great websites to learn about PC technology for your next build.
I’ll post details about my recent PC build in a future blog post.