As a home computer owner, one of the greatest threats to your
information and to your wallet, is hard disk failure. When your
drive crashes, you will quicky realize how valuable the
information you can no longer access is.
And when you start searching for disaster recovery services,
you will be surprised how much it will cost to recover that
data. Here are a few tips to help you prevent a data disaster on
1. If you have an older hard drive, be sure to run free tools
like Data Lifeguard software to check the current condition of
your drive. By discovering any problems before they crash your
disk, you'll have a chance to copy your information before all
2. When the time comes to copy your data from one disk to
another, remember to keep the old hard disk. You'll want to make
sure you have a backup while you give your new drive some time
to make sure it is running well.
3. Even on new computers, files on your hard drive can become
disorganized over time. Make sure to run your favorite
defragmentation program regularly.
4. Partioning your disk can also help improve performance. Make
sure to do this from within your operating system if your disk
already has partitions on it. This can often be done through
your operating systems management console.
5. Do not ignore any problems that crop up. If your computer
starts acting strangely, running slower, or giving your error
messages, run a scan disk or CHKDSK immediately. Remember, it
will be much cheaper to repair your hard drive prior to a total
If you think taking the extra time to follow these steps to
care for your hard disk seems time consuming, I recommend you
check out the cost of harddisk data recovery. You'll quickly
realize the value of these tips!
James B. Allen blogs regularly about disaster recovery
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