Avoiding Laptop Wipeout

They're crash-prone. But you can protect your files

When Christopher Walters called Drive-Savers Data Recovery in Novato, Calif., he was in a panic. A faulty disk had caused his laptop to die, and, with his arrangements for a 72-piece orchestra for country singer Barbara Mandrell locked in it, he was afraid his fledgling career as an arranger was about to go down the drain. With only three days left before showtime, DriveSavers recovered 94% of his data. Walters reconstructed the rest and the show--and his career--went on.

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