How to Backup Your Computer Using Windows 7

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  • Written on: September 26th, 2010

Windows 7 comes complete with all of the software you need to backup your computer’s hard drive completely and safely.

One of the most expensive procedures in computer repair is recovering data from a failed hard drive. You can save yourself the heartache and money of a costly repair by following these simple directions below.

What Do I Need?

  • A computer running any version of Windows 7
  • A blank CD-R disc
  • A removable hard drive

Preparing to Backup

  1. Connect your removable hard drive to a USB port, preferably on the back of your computer. These backups are automated, so you want to leave the hard drive hooked up all the time. Try not to use it for storing anything other than your backup files and images.
  2. Label your blank CD-R disc Windows 7 Hard Drive Recovery Disc with a permanent marker (not a ball-point or other hard writing instrument) and place it in your CD burner.

Creating Your Backup Routine

  1. Click on Start in the lower left hand corner of your screen
  2. Click on All Programs, then click Maintenance
  3. Click on Backup and Restore
  4. On the left, click on “create a system repair disc”
  5. Click on Create Disc to start burning to the CD in your drive
  6. After the burn is complete return to the Backup and Restore screen and click “Set up Backup on the right”
  7. Select your backup hard drive from the Backup Destination list & click Next
  8. Click the “Let Me Choose” option
  9. Check all boxes and check the “Include a system image” box toward the bottom & click Next
  10. Click the “Save settings and run backup” button

Your backup will now run every Sunday evening at 7 PM. Remember that your computer must be turned on for the backup to work.

With this backup in hand you will be able to restore a complete image of all of your files and programs should you ever have a hard drive crash.

Should you ever need to perform a recovery simply boot from your recovery CD and restore the backup image that is created every Sunday night.

Schrock’s Omaha Computer Repair Service Center Coming Along Nicely

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  • Written on: September 13th, 2010

Over the past two weeks I think I have been busier than at any other point in my life.  Most of the work I have been doing surrounds the launch of our new Computer Repair Service Center in Omaha, NE.

Side view of our Omaha Computer Repair Service Center

Rear View of our Omaha Computer Repair Service Center

Front View of Our Omaha Computer Repair Service Center

We had a big hold up on the permits (over six weeks!) but finally the City of Omaha got us everything we needed and our general contractor was able to get started on our job.

We got a lot of things right when we built our new Lincoln Service Center in 2008.  We also overlooked some things that we plan on doing better in the Omaha Service Center.  For example:

  • Lincoln has too much display space an not enough bench space – Lincoln has 26 bench spots and Omaha will have 40
  • While our concrete counters look great, they are hard to keep clean.  We decided on stainless steel for Omaha’s display fixtures
  • Although our conference room in Lincoln is handy, it is wasted space.  We eliminated it in Omaha and replaced it with a high top table and some stools.

With any luck construction should be complete on our bay by the last week of September and we should be ready to service customers by October 3.  Stay tuned and I will keep you posted!

August 7, 2010 KFOR Compute This Audio Posted

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  • Written on: August 7th, 2010

The audio for the August 7, 2010 Compute This Radio Show is now available online.

You can right click here to download the audio to your computer or MP3 player.

On this show, Thor and Chris touched on the following topics:

  • How different types of computers are designed to be used in different ways
  • The Smart Summer of Savings Sale at Schrock Innovations
  • Needless babble about Submariners an d the tail end of a Navy guy joke ;-)

Computer This airs on the following stations. Each show is a live broadcast and callers are always welcome:

  • KFOR 1240 AM on Saturday from 10-11 AM – 489-1240
  • KFAB 1110 AM on Sunday from 7-8 AM – 558-1110

Also, don’t miss the Living Digital Show on 1240 AM KFOR Saturdays from 2-5. Thor brings you the latest technology news from a non-technical perspective.

Compute This! Page on KFAB Website Launched

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  • Written on: August 6th, 2010

1110 KFAB LogoThings are coming along nicely for our Compute This! show that airs Sundays from 7-8 AM on 1110 KFAB.

Last week we had our first show and we were packed with great callers, interesting questions, and great information.

We got the online streaming bug resolved, so listeners should be able to listen online through the KFAB website or the iheart radio smartphone app.

Our show update page is alive and kicking on the KFAB website as well.

Take a look at this page to learn what we will be covering on the show this weekend.  Of course, we will take calls and that can lead to all sorts of tangents, but you can get an idea of the thrust of the show there.

This week we will be giving away one $25 on each of our shows.  Here is where you can listen and how you can win:

Saturday Show on KFOR:

1240 AM KFOR
Call in Numbers – 489-1240 or 800-825-5865
10-11 AM Saturday Mornings

1110 KFAB
Call in Numbers – 558-1110 or 1-800-543-1110
7-8 AM Sunday Mornings

July 31, 2010 Compute This Audio Posted

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  • Written on: August 5th, 2010

The audio for the July 24, 2010 Compute This Radio Show is now available online.

You can right click here to download the audio to your computer or MP3 player.

On this show, Thor and Chris touched on the following topics:

  • Launch of the Smart Summer of Savings Sale Event
  • Examples of Great Schrock Service
  • Lots of Callers With Great Questions

Computer This airs on the following stations.  Each show is a live broadcast and callers are always welcome:

  • KFOR 1240 AM on Saturday from 10-11 AM – 489-1240
  • KFAB 1110 AM on Sunday from 7-8 AM – 558-1110 (coming August 1st)

Also, don’t miss the Living Digital Show on 1240 AM KFOR Saturdays from 2-5.  Thor brings you the latest technology news from a non-technical perspective.

Schrock Innovations Debuts Compute This! on 1110 KFAB

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  • Written on: July 31st, 2010

Schrock Innovations has been a staple in Nebraska’s computer repair industry for over 11 years. Testimonials like the one to the left explain how Schrock attained that position and how seriously we take our reputation in the community.

During that time, our Lincoln Service Center has won eight Best of Lincoln awards and this year we were honored as Nebraska’s #1 Customer Service company (out of all Nebraska businesses) by the Nebraska Retail Federation.

Although many of our successes have come from our Lincoln operation, Schrock is no stranger to the Omaha Metro area.

In 2005 we won a Best of Omaha award and we are presently building a $750,000 Service Center at Village Point Mall on 168th and Burke (scheduled for a September opening).

All promotional stuff aside, there are no computer repair businesses like Schrock Innovations in Omaha.

Most computer repair shops are focused on making a quick dollar. They are very willing to help people with their problems, for a price.

At Schrock Innovations we choose a different path. We want to build a relationship with you and earn your trust. Then, when you really need us, you can feel comfortable picking up the phone and asking for help.

That is why we offer a free hour of labor coupon for new customers (just mention it when you call 934-9423), that is why we recycle old computers free of charge, and that is why I get up every Sunday morning to do this show.

Compute This! and Schrock Innovations exist to help you make your computer do what you want it to do.

I am the 100% owner of Schrock Innovations, so when you hear me on the radio you know you are talking to a person who is in our Service Centers every day. I take pride in the fact I know my customers by name and I expect nothing but the best from my staff of trained technicians.

I wanted to start this show a few weeks before we opened our doors for business because building relationships takes time.

All I am asking from you is to listen every Sunday from 7-8 AM.

I promise that you will learn things about your computer that are genuinely interesting and useful. This is not a computer show for techies. This is a show for real people who just want their technology to work.

With that aside, let’s cover one promotional item for the show.

Every person who calls the show Sunday at 558-1110 with a question or comment will receive a free $50 Schrock gift card.

Just call, ask a question, and get a free $50. It’s that easy.

Normally we give away one $25 gift card PER SHOW, so $50 per caller is a VERY rare opportunity. Don’t miss out!

Tune in August 1 from 7-8 AM to Compute This!



July 24, 2010 KFOR Compute This Show Audio Online

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  • Written on: July 27th, 2010

The audio for the July 24, 2010 Compute This Radio Show is now available online.

You can click here to listen to the show.

On this show, Thor and Chris touched on the following topics:

  • Callers asked about upgrading Netbooks to Windows 7
  • Dell motherboards were shipped with malware on their microchips
  • Lots of emails this week from listeners

Computer This airs on the following stations. Each show is a live broadcast and callers are always welcome:

  • KFOR 1240 AM on Saturday from 10-11 AM – 489-1240
  • KFAB 1110 AM on Sunday from 7-8 AM – 558-1110 (coming August 1st)

Also, don’t miss the Living Digital Show on 1240 AM KFOR Saturdays from 2-5. Thor brings you the latest technology news from a non-technical perspective.

Grant Mellor Joins Schrock’s Omaha Team

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  • Written on: July 26th, 2010

Grant Mellor is one of Schrock Innovations‘ newest technicians.  Typically a technician must work at Schrock for 90 days before we official assign them to one of the Service Centers.

In Grant’s case we did not have to wait that long to understand that we had a talented technician and a great guy on our hands.

After just a few weeks on the job, Grant has accumulated more customer compliments, thank you notes, and mentions on Compute This than I could possibly list here.

Because of his great technical efforts, his positive attitude, and his committment to providing excellent service, Schrock has assigned Grant to our new Omaha Service Center to help train and coordinate the next generation of Schrock Innovations staff.

Congratulations Grant and thank you for your excellent work!

Schrock to Air Weekly Show on 1110 KFAB

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  • Written on: July 22nd, 2010

1110 KFAB LogoStarting August 1, 2010 Schrock Innovations will be airing a weekly radio show on 1110 KFAB every Sunday morning from 7-8 AM.

The new show will be called Compute This (the same as the show they currently air on KFOR 1240) and will feature myself and Grant Mellor in a call-in style format.

Why 1110 KFAB?

It will be interesting to see what the Arbitron ratings say when they come out, but as of the last book, KFAB has a 9.6 share in Omaha.

A 12 share means that of all of the radios active in the Omaha metro area, 9.6% are tuned to KFAB at any given point in time (KFAB pulls a 3.5 share in Lincoln as well).  This is HUGE.  In fact, KFAB is the highest rated radio station in Nebraska and can be heard all the way across the state.

In comparison, our Lincoln weekly radio show on 1240 AM pulls a 7.1 share.  When you factor in that Omaha’s metro population is 3 times larger than Lincoln AND the fact that KFAB is heard in Lincoln as well, the promotional power of the station is second to none.

Why Omaha?

Schrock Innovations is re-launching its second location at 168th and Burke in Village Pointe South in September 2010.

Omaha is the logical expansion location for Schrock Innovations because we already have a customer base there, it is a mere hour from our Lincoln location, and there is a skilled talent pool to select from.

The radio show is starting August 1 so we can gauge the listener response and hire appropriate staff to handle our grand opening sale (hint hint!)

Can I Listen Online?

Absolutely!  In fact I do three radio shows a week right now, and you can listen to all three online if you would like:

Compute This on KFOR 1240 w/ Chris Goforth and Thor Schrock (10-11 AM Saturdays)

The Living Digital Show on 1240 with Thor Schrock (2-5 PM Saturdays)

Compute This on 1110 KFAB w/ Thor Schrock & Grant Mellor (7-8 AM Sundays)

Unions May Cause FedEx Prices to Soar

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  • Written on: July 20th, 2010

It always amazes me that some people just can’t seem to grasp the concept that if you raise costs on businesses the prices they charge consumers for services will go up.

Congress is considering more sweet-heart union legislation that would require express mail carriers (like FedEx) to be regulated under the National Labor Relations Act (NRLA).

The Teamsters Union has been at work in UPS for years causing regulation headaches and increasing shipping prices for consumers and now they want in on the FedEx action as well.

Their objective is to boost their membership numbers and consequently the money they can spend on political campaigns and lobbyists.  The fastest way to do that is to get a piece of the non-unionized FedEx pie.

Rather than asking FedEx employees if they want to be represented by a union, the Teamsters have used political influence and Capital Hill lobbyists to try to force their employees into paying union dues whether they want to or not.

Hoffa Wants 100,000 FedEx Union Members

Teamsters Union President James Hoffa called on Congress to force FedEx air express workers to operate under the NRLA, and vowed to “organize 100,000 workers at FedEx” once that happens.

Multiple attempts at company-wide unionization of FedEx have already failed as workers reject union monopolies, so Teamsters have developed legislative strategies to force unionization.

The Senate is expected to decide on the bill, Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, soon. This legislation would be government intervening in a private company’s operating procedures– and it amounts to a boon to the Teamsters union, and a drag on our economy.

What You Can Do to Stop Abusive Union Legislation

Call your Senators today and ask them to please VOTE NO on the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act and to oppose the special deal for the Teamsters.

It is anti-competitive and another example of Washington backroom dealing—without public oversight.:

US Senator Mike Johanns in Omaha: (402) 758-8981

US Senator Ben Nelson in Omaha: (402) 391-3411

What Happens if This Law Passes?

Today, prices are down, reliability is up and access to markets has never been better in the shipping industry. Our economy depends on a reliable and competitively priced express-delivery network for emergency  medicines, replacement parts and critical inventory.

But if Congress creates a government-mandated monopoly, prices will increase, service and reliability will decrease, and then access will be limited.

Consumers may have to pay a “hidden package tax” to fund this bailout. Estimates vary, but a mere 10 percent increase in costs would result in an extra $9 billion cost for consumers. Not to mention reduced reliability, longer shipping times and more limited access to rural markets around the globe.

In addition, FedEx and other overnight air carriers will be subject to labor strikes like UPS experienced in 1997, which had catastrophic consequences for the economy.

Shipments of indispensable items like medications, food, paychecks – could end up stranded on shipping docks across the country again.

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