Protect your data!

One of the most common reasons for loss of data is hard drive failure which causes substantial time and money spent restoring backups or retrieving data. There are a number of ways you can prevent this from happening and protect your precious hard drives from dying on you!

Surge Protectors. - Using a surge protector can protect your drive against surging power spikes. They are very cheap and cn be found in many electrical and computer shops.

Avoid keeping your computers and servers on the floor under you desk. - This allows the fans to draw in more dust and debris which can in turn block the breather hole causing a head crash. The breather hole allows the hard drive to equalise pressure so if it becomes blocked up damage can be caused to the hard drive.

Pay attention when purchasing new systems. - Hard drives vary hugely in quality and not all high quality drives are overly expensive. When you're purchasing a new hard drive, listen to advise and carry out research to ensure you are getting the best quality you can. Hitachi is a very popular and reliable brand at the moment.

Beware of external enclosures. - Ensure that any external enclosures you are using have adequate cooling. Heat can be a main cause of hard drive failure. A 3'5 inch dive can produce more heat than laptop drives due to consuming more power. A 2.5 inch portable drive is much more reliable.

Mirror you hard drive with RAID-1 - This can provide a tolerance for disk errors. Consider upgrading to RAID-6 for tolerance from two drive failures as this will only cost you the price of an extra drive.

In a business, ensure the administrator password is recorded or known by the business owner. - This password is the one password that enables oll other accounts and is often known only by the IT administrator, usually an employee. Since it is such a vital part of recovery, in the event of this person becoming ill or having a dispute, the password needs to be accessible through other means. Some options would be keeping the password in a sealed envelope until it is needed or allowing a trusted 3rd party access to it. You must make sure all parties with access to this password are trusted and reliable.

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