Congratulations! Your new computer has finally arrived. The new computer you have been eagerly awaiting has been installed. Software is loaded, and you are ready to start creating documents, worksheets, presentations, and databases. You are ready to access the Internet and the many services available.

Today’s computers and software allow us to do many of our tasks efficiently and more easily than in the past. Computers, however, can cause many problems if we do not get into the preventive maintenance habit.

We cannot foresee and prevent all the disasters that may be caused by computer breakdowns, but there are precautions you can take to make a computer failure less damaging to you and your files, including the following: