IT Management

4 Ways to Keep Your Hard Drive Happy

By January 5, 2011 No Comments

Your hard drive is your computer’s brain.  It holds all of the data, software, pictures, music and other “memories” you access every day.   Pretty important stuff that you DON’T want to lose.  Unfortunately, no hard drive will last forever- the failure rate is 100% just like any other machine or appliance.  However, you *can* take some steps to keep your hard drive running longer.

Here are four things you can do to help your hard drive live a happy, longer life:

1. Give it a little fresh air.

One of the biggest causes of hard drive failure is overheating.  Keep your hard drive cool by keeping your computer (especially the back side) in an open area, i.e. not crammed in a tight space on your shelf.  If you want to be extra cautious, you can buy a cooling fan and attach it to the back of your computer.

2.  Keep it clean.

Dust, drinks, and even pet dander can cause buildup in your hard drive that can cause it to deteriorate or overheat and crash.  Check the back of your computer often to remove dust and dander.

3. Give it a checkup.

Windows has a program called ScanDisk that’s like a doctor’s checkup for your hard drive.  It will go in and see if your hard drive is sick (bad sectors).  If your hard drive is terminally ill (not recoverable), you’ll need to backup your files and look into buying a new hard drive.  Here’s an article on how to run ScanDisk on your computer.

4. Backup your files.

I know we talk about the importance of backup a lot, but that’s only because it’s REALLY important.  No matter how well you treat your hard drive, an accident, theft or virus could leave you high and dry.  Always make sure your important files are backed up to an offsite location.  Our Offsite Backup solution is very affordable and safe enough for military standards.

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