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Askeasy

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hi guys ,When I bought my desktop computer I took the shops service contract ,which covers breakdown call outs and also provides an annual in shop service . My problem is ,I am concerned that ,as I use my computer to shop,bank and work ,is there any way to prevent my sensitive data being put at risk and still benifit from this service .Maybe I should cancel the warranty and save the monthly payments to replace the computer when necessary .Any thoughts?Askeasy
 
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You could do a clean, basic install including NO sensitive information on a new hard drive and substitute that hard drive when the PC goes in for repair or service.
You'd have to worry then only about any passwords you'd used in the new installation.
Of course, your original hard drive would not then be covered under the warranty if IT failed and you wouldn't get IT cleaned up, which more-or-less defeats most of the object of the warranty.
In any case, you should back up all your important data to an external device or DVD's, etc so that the failure of the hard drive would not result in the permanent loss of the data.
Probably the best practical form of insurance for any PC is an imaging program so that you can clone or image the hard drive and thus be able to reinstate the PC completely to its state when the image was made. A lot of people on here recommend Acronis. I've only ever used old versions of Drive Image and Ghost which have always worked without problems.
Consider also how quickly PC's become obsolescent and thus how long it would be before you replaced it in any case.
 
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