One critical piece of hardware relied upon by those taking medical coding online classes (as well as those in medical coding jobs) is the trusty computer. Whether it is a laptop or a desktop, medical billing and coding as a study topic and a career relies heavily on computers. They’re a fact of life in this field. So its very likely that at some point, you’ll be faced with a dying machine or a machine so old, it is more cost effective to replace than repair/upgrade. When that happens, do you know how to transfer all your files from the old/dying machine to the new one without losing important data or programs?
Donna Tapellini writing for Consumer Reports offers the following five steps to safely and effectively migrating your files/data from an old computer to a new one.
- Back up your files before you move them.
- Transfer your files.
- Install your applications.
- What about that old printer?
- Keep your data to yourself!
For the details on each of these five steps, read Donna’s article here. The article provides insight into each of these steps including file backup services/procedures, media/processes for transferring files, deciding which applications to migrate and which to leave behind, how to migrate older peripherals like printers and how to keep your data secure.
For those taking medical coding online classes, this computer first aid is almost as important as the kind doctors and nurses apply to carbon-based life forms (humans).