Backups and Maintenance Schedules

Keeping systems in good order



Making backups is easy. Windows gives you the option to back up your hard drive whenever external media with sufficient capacity are inserted into your computer, i.e.

Backing up a drive

Figure 22: Backing up a drive

You can check on the progress of your backup, or restore the system to a previously backed-up state, by going to the "Backup and Restore" option in the Control Panel.

Backup and Restore

Figure 23: Backup and Restore

System Maintenance

Routine system maintenance, at least in our component of 2016's course, involved the following procedures:

  1. Using a program called Speccy (Portable) to display and save an overview of each computer's system specifications;
  2. Going into Command Prompt under Administrator mode and running the chkdsk command to check the file system's integrity;
  3. Running Disk Defragmenter to defragment the HDD, thereby making it run (slightly) faster;
  4. Running virus scan software to search for viruses or malicious/harmful programs or files.

Additionally, it was advisable to check for illicit or objectionable media like pornography and offensive or inappropriate memes. Such incidents were reported to the staff on discovery.

Finally, please consider taking a look at this problem-solving flow chart, which uses an algorithmic logic flow to diagnose and fix common computer hardware problems.

Computer Hardware Troubleshooting Flow Chart

Hardware Flow Chart

Figure 24: Hardware diagnostics flow chart

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Certificate IV in Information Technology
South Regional TAFE, Albany WA Australia