When your computer is crashed, the first thing you worry about is whether you will be able to recover your data. If you have your data online and not backed up anywhere else, then there are ways you can Recover your data and restore your computer back to how it was before your computer crashed.
If you have no data stored somewhere else, then recovering your files from the cloud will take more effort but it is not an impossible task. The first thing you will need to do is install software on your new machine that will get you the files back. If you are using a Mac, then you will need to have OS X. Most Macs come with the OS X installed. Physical installation will require that you have a DVD or CD or even a Flash disk. Once you install it, you will need to restart you computer.
Once your machine is operating again, you will be required to take the next step which is to download and install cloud backup software which you used when you were saving your data in the cloud; start running the software then sign in with the account that you used before.
Once you have signed in, you will wait for your synced data to download, the files will download automatically in the background if you are using dropbox, sugarsync and spideroak backup software. If you are using other softwares such as Crashplan, Mozyhome and Backblaze, you will need to follow instructions after you have sighed in. Your restoring speed will fully depend on your broadband connection throughput.
While the restoration is taking process in the background, you can go ahead and perform other tasks like reinstalling your applications. This is because most of your applications will not be backed up in the cloud. You will therefore need to download them from developers or get a CD to reinstall the application.
You may also need to get back your photos into the computer if you had them backed up somewhere in the cloud through the use of photo stream. These are just some of the things that you need to do to restore your computer back to where it was before the crash. There may be other things that you stored in another computer especially of you are using networked machines, so take your time and go through files that may be in other computers and are necessary for you.
If you always sync your contacts, emails and calendars getting your data back is easy. All you will need to do is sign in to your account and then give your data a few minutes to synchronize from the main server to your computer. It is easier to get data from server than getting it from back-ups, because server maintains the fresh and updated data as compared to back-ups.
Once your files have completed downloading, then you can check to see if you have recovered any files. These files will be downloaded up to when they were last updated. There are many people who do not update files that are saved in the cloud. It is therefore important to keep updating your data which is saved in the cloud, so as to ensure that you have your data back the way you would like it to be.