Hard drive maintenance and data protection tips are two very important topics. Handling the marketing for a DIY data recovery software manufacturer and data recovery service I have heard and seen all cases and scenarios. It is extremely important subjects; subjects that every computer user needs at least some knowledge about.

Protect Your Computer

Protecting your computer’s hardware and operation takes several routes. I really don’t know where to begin, so I’ll start with hard drive maintenance. Defragmenting your drive rearranges files that have been cut up and stored in various areas back into one contiguous location. Files get fragmented as they become too large for their original spot on the drive. Fragmented files cause the read/write head to work harder, creating wear and tear on the heads and the hard drive.  Drive Genius 3 is an excellent software solution to clean up, speed up and optimize your Mac..

Treat your computer nicely and it will last longer. I never move a computer, even my laptop, until I’ve powered it down and the drive has stopped spinning. Even small jolts can damage delicate drive components.

Use an uninterruptible power supply, also call a UPS. This battery –backup system protect your computer from damage due to voltage drops, and if it include surge suppression, it protects from voltage spikes as well.

A battery-backup system also prevents the machine from shutting down improperly during power outages. This allows you to shut down the computer gracefully, preventing working files from corruption or loss. And that’s a perfect segue into data protection tips.

Protect Your Data

I use my computer for business and I really can’t afford lost data.  So I always make sure to backup my MacBook Pro regularly.  I use Prosoft’s Data Backup 3 since it is easy-to-use and can be fully automated, so I can forget about it.

Have I had computer or hard drive failures? Sure. That’s pretty much inevitable. Computers are mechanical creatures and mechanical creatures break. I’ve heard that clicking, grinding noise. I’ve had a computer refuse to boot. However, I’ve never lost a file and you shouldn’t either. Here are some tips for protecting your data:

  • Keep your operating system and other software updated. Updates often contain fixes for security issues, issues that can leave your computer open to attack.
  • Use a good antivirus and anti-malware program and keep it updated too. Remember that antivirus program that came with your new computer? It was probably just a trial offer and if you haven’t renewed it or gotten something else, your protection is lacking.
  • I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite data protection tip: automated backup. File backup is the reason I haven’t lost a file in years. And I don’t just backup to one location, either. I backup my laptop in my office and my home office by simply plugging in an external hard drive. If that sounds excessive, remember that I use my computers for business and there are times when I generate a lot of data.  The entire process is automated so I don’t need to remember to do it.

Keeping your computer maintained properly, handling it carefully and protecting your data should be a standard operation procedure for any business, large or small, and for most casual computer users too. Computer failure and data loss can really ruin your day. Don’t let it happen to you!

If you do find yourself faced with data loss contact us at The Data Rescue Center.