It’s very easy to say “you must back up your computer,” but doing so can sometimes feel like a chore. After all, catastrophic data loss doesn’t feel like it should be a common occurrence. It couldn’t happen to me, right?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it did happen to me. I lost 4TB of files right before an incredibly important work event, almost leaving me high, dry and completely screwed. Luckily for me, I had a backup. Here’s why you should, too.
After an unfortunate data-loss incident in college (who knew that never shutting down your laptop can fry it?), I started to use Backblaze to upload my files to the cloud and keep them safe in case I suffered another dead computer. As it turns out, that decision repaid itself many times over.
Last month, I was preparing to cover Microsoft’s Surface event, where I was set to report on Microsoft’s announcements from home as they happened. I had my notes and planning documents all loaded when, a mere 20 minutes before the show was due to start, my PC crashed. Oh, crap.
In the immediate aftermath, my PC simply wouldn’t turn on. When it finally loaded up a few minutes later, it couldn’t boot into Windows 11. Panicking, I grabbed my MacBook and dived into the Microsoft event, attempting to cover everything as best I could without my notes at hand.
When I took my PC to a repair shop, I was told that my 4TB internal SSD was completely kaput, with no hope of saving it. This drive contained years’ worth of priceless memories and images (I used to be a keen photographer), important documents, ongoing work, and more. Losing it was a disaster.
Or at least it would have been. Despite the calamitous situation, I felt strangely calm, and it’s because I knew everything was safely backed up to the cloud. As someone who has a penchant for worrying too much, this was an enormous relief.
Sure, it wasn’t all roses. I had to pay for Backblaze to send me a hard drive containing my files, and then wait for the busted SSD to be replaced (it was just two years old, well within its five-year warranty). That would take time and money, but there was at least light at the end of the tunnel.
After waiting for my files and the new SSD to arrive, I was out of action for around two weeks. In the meantime, I was able to save new documents on my games drive, meaning I could still work. Still, this slight inconvenience was worth it if it meant I got my files back. I’ll take a few days of hassle over losing 4TB of files any day of the week.
I shudder to think how I would have felt if I hadn’t backed up. We all have so many files on our computers that are incredibly important to us, whether they’re photos of our wedding day or critical work documents, and losing them forever would be absolutely awful. I know I would have been devastated if I had no way to get them back.
Fortunately, I did. If you’ve been on the fence about paying for a backup plan — whether that’s for a service like Backblaze or just an external hard drive — believe me when I say it’s worth it. You never know when disaster might strike, but if you’re backed up and ready for it, it will be much easier to bear.
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I found 5 early Black Friday gaming PC deals worth shopping
Some Black Friday deals have started early with some particularly good gaming PC deals going on. If you’re in the market for a new rig for your games room, keep reading while we guide you through the best early Black Friday gaming PC deals. Currently, there are some great offers for those keeping costs down as well as anyone seeking a truly high-end gaming desktop. Here’s what’s out there.
HP Victus 15L — $980, was $1,400
The HP Victus 15L has some great hardware for the price. It has a 13th-generation Intel Core i7 processor along with 16GB of memory. It also has two hard drives — 512GB of SSD storage along with 1TB of regular hard drive storage for files that don’t need to be accessed so rapidly. An Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card ensures you can play all the games you might wish to play. A neat looking tower unit, there are plenty of USB ports along with options to control RGB lighting via the Omen Gaming Hub. It’s a great entry point to PC gaming.
Alan Wake 2 on PC is an embarrassment of riches
Alan Wake 2 is stuffed with PC tech. It feels like one of the true next-gen games that we’ve seen on PC, short of remakes like Portal RTX and updates like Cyberpunk 2077. From path tracing to frame generation to AI-powered denoisers, Alan Wake 2 shows off what PC has to offer in 2023, even if that means leaving less powerful rigs behind in this dust.
Although the game itself is straightforward enough, its performance on PC is anything but. Alan Wake 2 is a stunning showcase with high-end hardware and all of the modern bells and whistles enabled, but it’s a slog on lower-end machines that fall outside of its demanding minimum hardware requirements. There’s good and bad here, and after spending some time with the game, we need to examine both.
Need a cheap gaming PC? This HP is discounted from $830 to $560
While some gaming PC deals will still cost you more than $1,000, there are affordable options like the HP Victus 15L. Originally relatively cheap at just $830, a $270 discount from HP pulls its price down further to only $560. We’re not sure how long stocks will remain available, and once the offer is gone, we’re not sure when you’ll get another crack at it. If you want to enjoy savings when buying this gaming desktop, you’re going to have to complete your purchase as soon as possible.
Why you should buy the HP Victus 15L gaming PC
It’s not going to challenge the best gaming PCs in terms of performance, but the HP Victus 15L is capable of running the best PC games with its 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel Arc A380 Graphics, and 8GB of RAM. You may have to downgrade to the lowest graphics settings for the more demanding titles, and you’re going to want to upgrade to 16GB of RAM as soon as you can just to give the computer’s memory a bit more breathing room, but as it stands, the HP Victus 15L is still a worthwhile purchase as a low-cost gaming desktop.
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