While not about Cloud Data, per se, today’s guest post has some excellent tips for helping you recover from a bad situation.
Increase Your Chances Of Data Recovery
Dead hard drive? Lost data? End of the world? It very well could be, especially if you are near to discovering the cure to cancer or to eradicating the flu virus. But no matter what kind of information is on your computer, earth-shattering discoveries or not, hard drive failure will always seem like doomsday. The worst part? You may not be able to recover all (or any) of your data from your failed hard drive.
Your Dilemma: Signs of Hard Drive Failure
You live in New Jersey, and you’re trying to learn a few of the languages spoken there. But each time you use your language programs, your computer freezes and makes strange grinding noises. Recently, when you tried to open one of your assignments for your language class at the local college, your computer couldn’t find it. You need to keep your language programs intact, and you have gigabytes of pictures, videos, and Word documents. So how can you ensure that your data won’t be lost?
Increase Your Data Recovery Chances
There are a few things that you can do to give your hard drive the best chance of full data recovery.
1) Stop using your computer immediately!
Your first option, especially if your computer is “grinding” and having obvious mechanical issues, is to stop using your computer all together. Yeah, you’ll have to use the library’s computer for a while, but leaving your data alone is the best option.
2) Don’t write any new media onto the malfunctioning disk.
If you continue to use your computer, don’t put more data on your hard drive. Not only is it unreasonable, but you could accidently write over other data. Even by surfing the web, you risk losing more data because the browser saves files on its own.
3) Delete old files.
If you are still using your malfunctioning computer, you should delete extra, unused files. You may be able to prevent overwriting data by freeing up some space on your hard drive.
4) Back up, back up, back up!
The best way to keep your data safe is to back it up frequently. Be sure that every new important piece of data that is stored on your computer is backed up. If you have copies elsewhere, you won’t even have to worry about data recovery. Once you see any sign of your hard drive dying, find a way to back up files immediately.
5) Find a professional data recovery service.
So you don’t have a back up, and your hard drive isn’t getting any better. Don’t jump directly to home remedies. There are free programs to recover your data, but these could make the situation worse. Professionals, such as Secure Data Recovery Services, will be able to salvage more data than at-home efforts.
Prevent Your Doomsday
Do everything you can to prevent losing your language programs. But remember that even with all of these efforts, most of these steps just delay the inevitable, which is hard drive failure. Still, if you lose any data, take your computer to a professional first.
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Claire Young has been writing about computers and other modern gadgets since 2008. She is always on the lookout for new or up-and-coming products so that she can review these for other users.