How to reduce the possibility of hard drive data loss?

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Unfortunately, one cannot be 100% insured against hard drive data loss. However, one can considerably reduce such possibility by undertaking a number of quite simple actions.

1. Keep your hard drive from overheating.

The difference between modern and old hard drives is the speed of spinning platters. As of today it equals to 5.400 – 7.200 RPM and models of Hi-End class reach the speed at the rate of 10.000 and even 15.000 RPM. An increase in spinning speed has undoubtedly affected the heating of drive, possibly resulting in damage of circuit board or motor seizure. That is precisely why all high-performance hard drives should have an installed fan.

2. Keep your hard drive from vibrations.

Hard drives are very sensitive to any kind of vibration and shaking. Mishandling of storage device can lead to crash of heads and disks, followed by data loss. Up to date, vibrations and bumps during transportation and installation of hard disk into computer are the prevailing causes of hard drive failure.

3. Use interruptible power supply (UPS).

In the event of an electrical power surge and unstable power supply, which is a quite frequent phenomenon, an UPS can protect your hard drive from being damaged. On top of that, UPS will allow you for a short period of time to continue working on the computer and successfully save the results of your hard work and close operating system properly.

4. Do not forget to backup your data regularly.

The most secure way of reducing the risk of data loss is regular data backup. Important information should be regularly copied onto another data carrier: CD or DVD, hard disk, tape storage and if worse comes to worst on a floppy disk. It is advisable not to keep backup copies in the same room where original data is kept.

5. Use antivirus software.

There are lots of viruses which can easily destroy your data. Installation of antivirus and its regular update will protect your data.

6. Defragment your hard drive regularly.

Regular hard drive defragmentation regroups the data in such a way that files are stored in data sectors sequentially. This operation allows the user not only to increase the speed of disk’s response but also to considerably increase chances of data recovery.

7. Observe safety precautions when using disk tools.

Be careful when using any disk tools, be it tools changing logical structure, storage device diagnostics or data recovery. Make sure that the tool is compatible with your operating system and before using it backup your data to another storage device. Should you have suspicions about hard disk malfunction, never use data recovery programs, it might lead to irreversible loss of data.

If, despite all measures taken the data was lost, turn to the data recovery experts. Insufficient training and inadequate experience in data recovery can only harm the recovery process.

Last modified on Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:47
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Viktor S., Ph.D. (Electrical/Computer Engineering), was hired by DataRecoup, the international data recovery corporation, in 2012. Promoted to Engineering Senior Manager in 2010 and then to his current position, as C.I.O. of DataRecoup, in 2014. Responsible for the management of critical, high-priority RAID data recovery cases and the application of his expert, comprehensive knowledge in database data retrieval. He is also responsible for planning and implementing SEO/SEM and other internet-based marketing strategies. Currently, Viktor S., Ph.D., is focusing on the further development and expansion of DataRecoup’s major internet marketing campaign for their already successful proprietary software application “Data Recovery for Windows” (an application which he developed).


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