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Published on January 31st, 2014 | by Rachek


10 ways to avoid data loss

It is a matter of time when you have to recover lost data regardless of the brand of your hard disk drive. It does not matter how it would happen – either from mechanic damage of hard disk drive or anything else,
data recovery from hard disk drives of laptops, single server or RAID servers will always be in high demand. Most often data loss occurs due to the following reasons:

  •  Data damage due to virus attack
  •  Failure of hard disk drive due to natural disaster (fire, flood, lightning)
  •  Physical damage to hard drive caused by falling or careless handling
  •  Hard drive errors due to incorrect installation of operating system
  •  Data loss caused by hard drive formatting
  •  Errors of simultaneous operation of several disks on RAID servers

But there are good news as well, it is quite possible that your data would not be
deleted or irretrievably lost, especially if you preliminarily undertook a number of steps to preserve critical information.

If you want to decrease a
probability of loss of important data, seriously consider the following simple and inexpensive steps:

  1. Backup important files. If you make it a habit to copy most critical information to DVD (external hard drive, flash memory) on a weekly or monthly basis, a little spending on a stack of discs would help preserving crucial documents, files, priceless photos and mp3.
  2. Use anti-virus software. Viruses penetrate in your computer by many ways. They may appear after reading an infected file attached to email; due to shared use of infected files in the network; after visiting websites using loops in the security of your system to destroy information.
  3. Use protection against power surge. Power surge provoked by the company-supplier or due to lightning, remain the most common reason for data loss and possible hard disk drive damage.
  4. Turn off your computer properly. Always shut down all active programs before you turn the computer off. When you exit a program properly, first of all important data that you worked with is going to be saved. If you turn off the computer and do not exit running programs correctly, the risk of data loss automatically increases.
  5. Never unseal or modify a hard disk drive. Please do not modify a hard disk drive. In the majority of cases when a hard disk drive was unsealed by an inexperienced user that wanted, out of curiosity, to find out ‘where form that strange clicking sound comes’ – data is non-recoverable. Let specialists carry out diagnostics of equipment because specialists and experts are familiar with all kinds of hard disk drives and dealing with data recovery.
  6. Keep backup copies in a separate place. Be sure to always backup critical data, but if they are kept in the same place where your main server is, then after fire or flood you would have to start recovering lost data anyway.
  7. Be extra careful when using diagnostics programs. Despite the fact that computer efficiency checks  is always not a bad idea, be extra careful when you allow similar programs to recover files that they find. Disk checking may be in favour and may be the reason for hardships in the data recovery process that was subjected to checks by similar programs and software.
  8. Be cautious with your environment. Keep your computers and servers in safe and protected place. Your equipment should be protected against fall, hits and damaging. Laptops are really convenient for work but often they are subjected to mishandling, falls, and as a result of that information has to be recovered from hard disk drive. Don’t think that the idea of working close to a swimming pool in the open air is a good one, even is there is a good weather outside. Because a guy, jumping into a swimming pool would only refresh you with a fountain of water splashes and your laptop will require help in recovering lost data.
  9. Backup important files. It should be reminded once again in our opinion.  Using DVD and external USB devices to store important (critical) and necessary information can relieve from the necessity to hire a data recovery specialist to recover data from your hard drives and RAID arrays.

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