Hard Drives Recovery
Anyone who has owned a computer for a while has probably experienced the need for hard drives recovery. This is an unfortunately all too regular situation where the hard drive is no longer functioning.
The hard drive is one of the most important pieces on a computer. It is where information is stored and accessed. This is where all software resides as well as the computer’s operating system (Windows.)
When a hard drive fails it often results in the loss of all of the information that was on it, including music, pictures, documents and other vital data. Even where hard drives recovery may be possible it is an expensive procedure, usually with no guarantee of success. This is why it is essential to do what you can to avoid it, and have a backup plan in case of this emergency.
Be prepared – Back up
It is a good idea to have an extra hard drive on which to store any information that you really don’t want to lose. Many computers nowadays have two hard drives so that you can duplicate important files on to the extra one, while leaving the other for Windows to operate from as normal.
There are also external hard drives that can be plugged in to a computer and are capable of storing many gigabytes worth of information. These have come down in price recently, and even for a home user are worth considering.
There are also “flash drives” that will plug into a USB port and have enough space to store perhaps 2 GB of information. If you can’t justify the cost of an extra hard drive these may be just enough to hold your most essential files.
Back up again!
One should always be aware of the fact that the hard drive may fail, usually at the most inconvenient time, and so much information may be lost. If a person has a lot of media on their computer such as movies, music and pictures that are irreplaceable, it would be wise to back up these files onto another hard drive to ensure their safety. In the case of a hard drive failure, and hard drives recovery not being possible, having duplicates elsewhere can be almost lifesaving. Anyone who has lost old home movies or treasured family pictures because of a hard drive failure will understand how important it is to have a backup of these files.
Even the less emotionally charged data can be more than annoying to lose. Consider having to rewrite all your documents, re-install all your favorite programs, losing all your browser and email history…not to mention work or college projects. Having been through it I can tell you it’s a hard learned lesson.
It can happen anytime
Many people do not realize how common hard drive failure can be, or how difficult hard drives recovery is. Until it happens to you, the idea probably never enters your head. It can be caused by malicious software such as a virus or by physical damage to the drive itself. If a laptop is accidentally dropped, this can cause damage to the hard drive even if externally the computer appears to be unscathed. You never know when it may strike so please do think about it beforehand, it will be too late afterwards.
Prevention is better than trying hard drives recovery
Yes, hard drives recovery may work if you’re lucky, the damage isn’t too severe, and the data not too corrupted. But prevention is a far better tactic than cure.
Besides making regular back-ups of your important data just in case, performing straightforward maintenance on your computer will go a long way towards ensuring that hard drives recovery isn’t ever necessary.
Use a good anti-virus and spyware blocker, don’t download any dodgy files. Set your disk defragger to run on schedule, and use a recommended registry cleaner when needed to clear out potentially dangerous issues in your registry.
Here’s hoping you never suffer a hard drive failure, or need hard drives recovery, but remember…be prepared!