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Avoiding Data Loss


Own a computer? Or any electronic device which can store information and data? Mp3 players? TV recorders? Cd’s and Dvd’s? Cell phones?


Well, as long as you use those devices, you will always run into the chance of losing your data. We are surrounded by devices which stores data and help disseminate information. With that, the risk of losing data increases and along with it, the repercussions from losing data are costlier and cause a ripple effect where more people are affected from the data loss.


However, with a few pointers, you can almost effectively prevent data loss from happening to you. Read on!


Avoid Extreme Enviroments


Never expose your hard drive or any other electronic equipments to extreme hot or cold temperature. Excessive heat can shorten the lifespan of a drive, reduce the performance of the system, and ultimately damage its electronic components.


It's shocking, but hardly surprising, that a lot of users just dump their laptop in their cars that is under scorching heat. This will inevitably lead to the laptop failing, let alone data loss.



Stable, Clean, and Safe working environment


Do not place a computer on unstable or moveable objects. During operation, computer hard drives can be damaged by any abrupt or sudden movement, especially laptop's. It's important to find a stable area where there is not a lot of activity.


Dusty, dirty work conditions can clog your system ventilation and cause system overheat or even cause hard disk crash if dust infiltrates the hard disk. This is good practice to exercise as it protects the hard drive from any sudden jolts.



Backup your data


Backup important data, files , documents and programes regularly.


You should backup important data, files, documents and programs regularly. Backups are an integral part of data loss prevention as it provides an exact copy of the data. It is the fastest way and also the easiest way of recovering from data loss if you suffer from data loss.


However, backups are useless if that redundant copy of data cannot be used. Checks should be conducted from time to time to ensure the backup is up to date and is free from virus and corruption so that it will actually come in handy when disaster strikes.



Shut-Down


Be sure to shut down your computer properly .


All data should be saved and applications closed before the operating system is shut down. Only after doing so, then can you safely turn off your computer. Even though the computer may appear idle, there are often many tasks still in progress and a computer should not be turned off unless the proper steps are followed.



Install anti virus on your system


Take steps to protect your system from computer viruses. Computer viruses are so common nowadays that many PC's or laptop's are infected without the user's knowledge.


It is likely that in the near future a virus will spread that has the ability to actually destroy critical data in your hard drive. Keep a virus detection program on your computer, and of course, keep it updated.



System Protection

 

Keep your computer safe from human error (children, computer illiterates, etc.) Use passwords on important programs or files to help prevent accidental erasure.



Vanishing or Deleted Data


If you accidentally delete or data just went missing for no apparent reasons, do not create new files, move files around, or save any old files. By doing so, you could make the recovery of lost data impossible as any of such activity might overwrite the missing data making these data permanently erased from your hard disk.


In fact all activity should be stopped immediately to avoid further data loss. Although we recommend that you don't, if you should decide to use a recovery utility program, please do not install it on the same hard drive where you lost the data.



Clicking, Grinding, or Metal Scraping Noises


If your hard drive is making clicking, scraping, or any type of strange sounds immediately switch off your system. By switching off, you avoid causing more damage to the drive or data.


When you hear all these sounds, it is a worrying sign as these sounds indicate an impending hard disk crash (if it has not occurred already. More on hard disk crash)



Remain Calm and Cool


Do not panic.


Panicking can only cloud your judgment. Call ADRC Malaysia immediately so we can assess the problem for you and walk you through your options



Write it Down and Review


Make a list of all the irreplaceable and critical files you need to recover and check if other restorable backups exist. Remember, do not access the damaged hard drive as by doing so will further damage the disk.



It's Time to Contact the Experienced Professionals


A professional engineer from ADRC can quickly identify a failed component that may be the cause of your hard drive failure or computer outage. Send in your damaged media for a free evaluation and we will then send you the quotation within the next 48 hours upon receiving your media.


An experienced professional will never hinder your chances for data recovery and its our commitment to recover your loss data in the shortest possible time.



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