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Backup Plan

Watch your backup, calling all start-ups.

This story appears in the April 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

After months of hard work getting her public relations firm, Furman Communications, up and running, Sue Furman had to start all over. "I lost all my computer files within six months of being in business," recalls the Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, entrepreneur, who admits, "With so many [things to think about]--cash flow, building a client base--I just didn't think about backing up my computer."

When her computer began running out of memory, Furman decided to delete unnecessary files--but accidentally deleted files needed to run the computer. A phone call to Compaq confirmed her worst fears: She had to install her software again, and all her previous work was lost.

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