Few known strategies to maximize the life of hard drive
If I were to ask you the question: which part of your computer is the most fragile, what would you say? What if I asked: what part is most important to you?
Often your answer to both of these questions is your hard drive.
Your hard drive is probably one of the most important things you own. It contains job data, school information, email, photos, music, movies, tax information, etc. By the way, the hard drive is also one of only two moving components on your computer (the other is your optical drive). The following is a list of important maintenance and monitoring techniques that you can use to maximize the life of your hard drive and prevent data loss from
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Statistics shows that 25% of lost data is due to a failure of a portable drive. (Source: 2001 Cost of Recording Recording Results)
Unlike the seemingly robust look, your hard drive is a very delicate device that writes and reads data using microscopic magnetic particles. Any vibration, shock and other careless operation can damage your drive and contribute to or contribute to it. This is especially relevant for users of notebooks, as they are most at risk of driving due to physical damage, theft and other causes beyond their control. That’s why we recommend a regular backup of your notebook’s hard drives as often as possible.
Possible solutions include external USB or Firewire drives (although prone to the same risks), computer synchronization or backup at a data center via the Web.
Hard disks write data in a non-linear way, forcing it to become fragmented.
When files accumulate on your hard drive, it is not written in a linear fashion. A hard drive writes files into small pieces and spreads them across the surface. The fuller your hard drive gets, and the more files you save and delete, the worse the file fragmentation can be. Hard disk access times increase with fragmentation, as your disk must work harder to find all the files. The more fragmented your data is, the harder the actuator arm has to work to find each piece of file.
An example of this: disk fragmentation is a common problem for users of Outlook Express and database software. Each time new prospects are saved new post, it does so in a different physical location than last time. This results in extreme fragmentation, causing longer hard drive access times and forcing more stress on the heads. This stress can eventually lead to a head accident, and it often means a virtually irreparable drive. Ultimately, in the case of a total accident, a fragmented drive is much harder to recover than a healthy, impenetrable drive.
Fortunately, Windows makes it remarkably easy to defrag your hard drive, simply launch the Disk Defragmenter program (Program Accessories System Tools), select the drive or partition you want to defragment, and run it overnight or while not actively using your computer no. Defragmenting will speed up your computer and make your hard drive live longer.
A very small power source can braai on a hard drive and use a UPS and shut down your computer whenever you can.
Another small fact about the brokenness of your hard drive is its susceptibility to electrical errors. An electrical interruption can be caused by a power surge, lightning streaks, power failures, incorrect wiring, a faulty or old power supply and many other factors. If power generation enters your computer, it can cause an unpredictable amount of damage, including the destruction of your electronic hard drives or the crashes, and can result in total data loss.
The best way to protect your computer from such dangers is to use a highly rated protected power bar or a continuous power supply (UPS). Although these devices do not eliminate the chance of an accident, in most cases it will serve as effective protection. You can also reduce the risk of an electrical problem and reduce the wear and tear of your hard drive by turning off your computer or using power saving modes wherever possible. It is a well-known fact that 100% of the drives fail. The question is when will this happen and are you prepared? Check out the knowledge-based section of our website for more information on the effect of electrical power on your computer.
Be SMART, monitor the health of your disk to prevent unexpected crashes.
All modern hard drives have a self-monitoring technology called SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology). What most people do not realize is that the majority of hard drive failures need not be unexpected. Most failures occur due to long-term problems that can be predicted. If you regularly monitor disk health and performance, you may be aware of potential hard drive problems before losing any of your data.
Several excellent tools are available, including DiskView and Stellar SMART for standard IDE and SATA desktops. There are also tools available that monitor the health of SCSI drives and complete RAID Array systems. Ariolic Software offers a wonderful program called ActiveSMART.
The only foolproof way to prevent data loss is … Backup!
If you only take one of the suggestions here, let it be this: always make a backup of your important information. After all the monitoring and all prevention measures are in place, a fact remains: all hard drives fail. Backing up regularly will ensure that you never get caught without your critical data. For individuals, the simplest solutions include external portable hard drives, DVDs and online storage. For businesses, we recommend renting a place at a secure data center and implementing a disaster recovery plan, regardless of the size of your business.
I hope the above techniques give you an idea of the importance of hard disk maintenance and provide some insight into how you can protect yourself from data loss.