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Are You Prepared for a Data Disaster?
(What Happens if Your Hard Drive Goes BOOM!)

Bob Rankin

What happens when your hard drive crashes, or you accidentally delete an important file? What if your computer is lost or stolen? Are your files safe in the event of fire, hurricane, flood, or a computer virus?

A year ago, the unthinkable happened to me... a virus wiped out my entire hard drive!   As a computer pro, I thought I had all the bases covered -- security updates, firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware -- but a "drive-by virus" zapped my hard drive, shut down my computer and left it unable to start.

It looked like a total loss, and it would have been devastating. My first thought was panic. But then I remembered I had a backup. So I fired up my backup software, and it restored everything, just like it was before the virus hit.

And then, it happened again! Just last month, a power surge rendered my brand new hard drive useless. I couldn't see ANY files on the drive, and it wouldn't start. This time there was no panic. And 23 minutes later, everything was restored from the previous night's backup.

Are you prepared for a data disaster? If you're not absolutely sure, I recommend that you read my new ebook:

Everything You Need to Know
About Backups - 4th Edition

You've spent years creating the information on your hard drive. It holds everything -- your email, recipes, love letters, tax returns, family photos, videos, and stuff that you've downloaded from the Internet.

What would you do if you lost everything on your computer, your email or your mobile phone? The baby pictures, your extensive music collection, and the novel you've been working on? What if you lost your financial records... and you got audited? The IRS doesn't care if YOUR hard drive crashes.

Have you thought about the data on your mobile gadgets? If your phone was stolen, or went through the wash, just imagine losing your address book, photos, apps and text messages.

And here's something else to consider. More and more, our lives are moving online. What would you do if your email, or your Facebook profile got wiped out by a hacker, an angry ex, or a data center breach?

Here's Some Good News...

All of that might sound terribly depressing, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you prepare in advance for a data disaster, you can get EVERYTHING back and move on quickly.

Here's a sampling of what you'll learn in the all-new 4th Edition of "Everything You Need to Know About Backups":

  • How to make sure ALL your files are backed up in a safe place
  • Where to get FREE backup software, and how to simply "set it and forget it" for automated backups
  • Online Backup - the pros and cons, free alternatives, and your privacy and security concerns addressed
  • How to back up your Email, Facebook, Twitter and other online accounts
  • Backing up your phone, which contains your contacts, photos, text messages, apps and other data.
  • Backup strategies, and step-by-step instructions for making full system backups
  • And of course, how to RECOVER everything, or just one file from a backup

This new edition also includes several chapters to help you understand hard drives better:

  • Five Easy Backup Drives (automatic backup with External Hard Drives)
  • What are SSD Drives and Hybrid Hard Drives?
  • Warning Signs of Hard Drive Failure
  • Hard Drive Life Expectancy
  • Hard Drive Partitioning (and related myths)
  • How to recover deleted files, even when there is no backup!
  • Hard Drive Data Recovery Options

I've also included tips for backing up Windows 8 and smartphones, the latest hardware and software for backups, more options for cloud storage, backing up your social media data, and LOTS more. The book closes with My Personal Backup Strategy, and Backup Q&A, where I answer over two dozen of the best and most interesting questions from my survey on backups. You'll find something valuable in each of the 49 chapters.

I've been helping people with computer problems for over 30 years. When I worked at IBM, I got the nickname "Doctor Bob" because I always had the answers to my co-workers' software and hardware questions. I left there in 1997, and began writing about computers, gadgets and the Internet for a larger audience. As publisher of the Internet Tourbus, and creator of the AskBobRankin tech support website, I've heard many sad stories from people who lost it all -- because they didn't have a backup.

You already know you need to back up your important information. This ebook provides you with the knowledge, skills and tools to get it done! Everything is explained in plain English, with no geek-speak or technobabble.


I've heard lots of reasons for not doing backups. The most common one is "I'll do nothing and HOPE for the best." But there's a problem with that. HOPE is the strategy of the fearful, the uninformed, and the procrastinator. In this case, "doing nothing" is almost certain to lead to disaster. BUT... if you knew you could protect ALL your information on ALL your devices with little or no expense, and make it happen automatically, wouldn't that be great? Wouldn't it be awesome to have CONFIDENCE instead of HOPE? My ebook will show you how easy it is to get there.

Other people say "Backups are too complicated or time consuming." That might have been true 10 or 15 years ago, when you had to juggle floppy disks, a stack of CDs, or mess with backup tapes. But today we have "plug and play" devices that will start making automatic backups as soon as you plug them into your computer. Getting started with an online backup service is almost as easy, and both options can be configured to run at night, or when your computer is idle. I'll show you how, with examples and illustrations.

Another one I hear often is "Backups are too expensive." As I mentioned earlier, there are some really good free backup software options, and my ebook will show you some clever ways to access gobs of free online storage. I explain all the options, and point you to free or low-cost solutions every step of the way.

I talk all the time with people who are worried that their computer will crash, or that they'll get a virus or be hacked. Those are signs of Fear and Worry. I've written my ebook "Everything You Need to Know About BACKUPS" to help you replace those negative thoughts with Knowledge and Confidence. I want you to make this the year when you can say "Even if a data disaster happens, I am prepared and I have a plan to recover."


"I just purchased your Backups ebook, 4th edition. It is chock full of vital information, and it's much more comprehensive than any previous edition. It's easily worth 10 times what I paid for it. Thank you for making this available to all of us." -- Mac

"Thanks so much for the backup ebook. It's a great resource, so well-written with complete, clear, just-techy-enough instructions that anyone should be able to use it to safeguard their computers. I found it very helpful for you to share your personal backup software choices and strategies." -- Gregg L.


Because you've purchased the WINDOWS ebook, I'm offering the latest edition of the BACKUPS ebook at a discounted price, with these SPECIAL BONUSES...

BONUS #1: 75% DISCOUNT on iDrive Online Backup

I've negotiated an exclusive killer discount for you on iDrive's Universal Online Backup. The regular price is $59.50 per year, but with your discount, you'll get it for only $14.88! This includes one Terabyte of Cloud Backup plus one Terabyte of Cloud Sync space. And you can backup ALL of your PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones or tablets. All your files are secure and protected with military grade encryption.

iDrive Backup

With just one iDrive account you can back up, restore, and sync data among an unlimited number of devices. You can back up social media content such as Facebook and Twitter. All of your data from desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets can be kept in one secure place, neatly organized and accessible from anywhere. PC Mag Editor's Choice

There's another really nice perk that comes with your subscription. iDrive users get one free Express Backup -- iDrive sends you a portable external drive, you fill it with your initial backup and mail it back, saving time and bandwidth. The result is a MUCH quicker initial backup and upload process. They'll also ship you a drive at no charge (once per year) in the event that you need to do a full restore.

iDrive is the online backup service I use and recommend, because it backs up EVERYTHING and is easy to use. It's also won the PC Magazine 2015 Editor's Choice Award for best online backup. And at this special price, it's an amazing bargain you won't find anywhere else!

BONUS #2: 30 FREE Alternatives to Popular Software Packages

You'll love this special report. I've listed 30 of the most popular commercial software packages, along with the retail price of each. If you were to purchase all of them, it would cost over $5000.

Problem Solved!
But most people don't realize there are excellent, FREE alternatives to ALL of these commonly used programs. Here are some of the highlights that you'll discover in this bonus report:
  • FREE word processing software - compatible with Microsoft Word (save $139)
  • FREE software to create images or retouch photos - with all the power of Adobe Photoshop (save $649)
  • FREE Internet security software - the same antivirus protection as Norton or McAfee (save $69)
  • FREE presentation software - a powerful alternative to Powerpoint (save $139)
  • FREE financial software - you'll kick yourself for buying Quicken or MS Money (save $59)

If you use a computer for anything more than web browsing and email, you need this special report. It's yours, as a bonus for purchasing the ebook.

BONUS #3: How to Make FREE Phone Calls

Problem Solved!

When I was a kid, I discovered a secret about pay phones. By taking a paper clip and connecting the mouthpiece with the metal surface of the phone's coin box, I could get a dial tone and make calls for free. That was over 35 years ago (long before the Internet) and I'm sure that the few remaining pay phones that still work no longer have this flaw.

Almost everyone hates the phone company. I think it's because, deep down, we feel like we're getting ripped off, and we wish that we could make free phone calls. And maybe even eliminate our dependence on the phone company altogether. This book will show you how to do exactly that, without breaking any laws. :-)

This ebook will teach you how to make free phone calls over the Internet using a standard telephone handset, a computer equipped with a microphone, or a mobile phone. You'll be introduced to a variety of gadgets, software and web-based services that make it happen. If that sounds geeky, don't worry, everything will be in plain English!

Order your copy of "Everything You Need to Know About BACKUPS" now, at the AskBob Insiders price of $17.95. Or purchase the CDROM version, with free Foxit Reader software, for $24.95. That's $10 off the regular price!

If you follow my advice, you'll save much more than the price of the ebook. The iDrive discount alone will save you almost $45. And with the secrets you'll learn in my special bonus reports, you can save hundreds of dollars more.

On top of that, I offer an unconditional satisfaction guarantee. If you're not 100% satisfied, I'll refund your money, no questions asked.

P.S. -- This 125-page ebook is packed full of rock-solid content -- no advertising, no gimmicks. I wrote the previous edition of "Everything You Need to Know About Backups" over a year ago, and recently decided it was time to add some critical new information. This 4th Edition has 19 new chapters, and lots of updated information. I'm positive you'll find it worth every penny. In fact, if you follow my advice, you'll save many times more than the price of the book. But if you're not completely satisfied, I'm offering a money-back guarantee. This special offer will expire soon, so get your copy today!

P.P.S. -- The subject of backups has been on my mind a lot lately... After my experiences that wiped out my hard drive TWICE, I've been even more diligent to ensure that my personal data is safe. If you're not prepared for what happened to me, do yourself a favor -- read this ebook and learn "Everything You Need to Know About Backups".

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