Hard drives fail. That's simply a fact of technology. But you can prolong the life of your hard drive and keep your computer running optimally, by performing some simple maintenance tasks.
If your company has an IT staff, you should make sure they are performing this routine maintenance on all the computers in your building regularly. For home PC and Mac users, it's a good idea to mark your calendar to perform regular maintenance. These processes don't take a lot of time, but they can save you a lot of time by speeding up your system and also helping to prevent hard disk drive failure and the loss of your important data -- which could require professional hard disk drive data recovery services.
Follow these three simple steps:
- “Defrag” your hard drive. During normal use, files get stored on your hard drive in segments. The hard drive must “search” for those files, which can take time. The defragmentation process rearranges the pieces of files, and the files themselves, so they are adjacent to each other, reducing wear-and-tear on your hard drive and speeding up your computer.
- Use virus software. Run virus scans regularly to keep your computer free of viruses that could crash your system and require emergency data recovery services.
- Back up your drive. Whatever back up means you select, make sure your hard drive is backed up frequently to minimize losses in the event of a system failure.
Note: Do not attempt to run a virus scan, defrag your hard drive, or take any other action if your hard disk drive is making grinding, clicking or mechanical beeping and whirring noises during boot-up. These sounds indicate hard drive failure and attempting to fix the problem yourself could cause permanent damage to your hard drive platters and a permanent loss of data.
Instead, call 24 Hour Data right away for professional hard drive data recovery services.