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Getting StartED with Windows 7 by Kevin Otnes, Joseph Moran

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Chapter 6. Protecting Your Data

Over time, your system will become home to all types of very important—even irreplaceable—personal data. Documents are just the beginning; consider years worth of digital family photos and home videos you never want to lose. Despite their reputation, computers generally provide reliable and trouble-free operation, but they do suffer from problems from time to time. In some cases, those problems can result in losing data and thus fond memories.

What could go wrong with your PC? It could be an equipment problem like the failure of a hard drive. Or, your system could become infected with a virus or other type of malicious software, or a routine software installation could go wrong, damaging Windows and perhaps even ...

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