computer softwareThe other day we mentioned our computer failure on my personal laptop, and that a new hard disk drive was on the way to me. Well, now that it is here, I am having the grand fun of reinstalling all of my computer software again. This is a process I went through just two months ago when the computer was brand new, and it reminds me of the physical backups you have to make as well as to the ones you do with your data.

Whenever you buy software, whether it be a physical disk or a download, you are presented with a serial number to activate your software.  You need to keep this in a safe place because if you ever need to reinstall your software, you’re going to need that number again.

For physical media, I store all the disks in a CD case where I cut down the paper with the serial number to fit in the sleeve with the disk, allowing for easy storage and organization.  For software I download, I file all the emails with the serial numbers into one mail folder as well as print off a copy to keep with my physical media for ease of locating it.

Losing the serial numbers is as bad as losing the disks all together, so you need to make sure to take care of them as you would a piece of currency worth the value of the program.  Lose them, and you’re sunk in an emergency.

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