I cannot stress enough, the importance of backing up your data. We here at Frankenstein Computers have seen an increase in failing hard drives over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I am forced to tell some of my customers that their data is gone forever, or it will cost them an insane amount of money to recover with a data recovery specialist. Backing up your data is simple and cheap. Online backups start at around $5.00 per month. That is very cheap insurance. Also, pen or thumb drives have increased in size and decreased in price. You can use one to just copy and paste your data for safekeeping. No matter how you decide to back things up, it is very important that you do so now.