In honor of National Preparedness Month, going on all September following a proclamation by President Obama, 24 Hour Data offers three easy tips to stay prepared and avoid a data recovery emergency.
1. Perform regular data back-ups to your hard disk drive, server or RAID server. - Even RAID level 1 or greater carries a risk of hard drive failure and mission critical data loss. When one drive fails, replicating that data to the spare disk drive puts additional strain on the drives in the array, which can cause cascading failure. Whatever storage system you use, 24 Hour Data recommends backing up your data in triplicate, including one set of back-ups stored off-site for access in the event of a natural disaster that renders your building or server room inaccessible.
2. Install updated antivirus software and have a consistent implementation system - Making sure your servers and hard disk drives have up to date malware and antivirus protection is the best protection against logical hard disk drive failure. Cloud-based protection offers remote installation, remote management and a unified solution for every computer on your company's network simplifying management and reducing costs.
3. Use apps that warn of imminent hard drive failure - Applications like SMARTReporter for Mac
utilize a hard disk drive's Self-Monitoriing Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T) to notify users of hard disk drive failures by sending a notification email, displaying a warning dialog box on the computer's screen or even executing an application.
You can't prevent every data recovery emergency, but following these three steps will help avoid unnecessary data loss and reduce your company's overall IT costs.