With the value on information rising day by day, one of the
greatest threats to businesses of any size is data loss. If the
data centers in your business have ever experienced a hard drive
disaster, you quicky realized just how valuable the information
And then, the situation becomes even worse, when you realize
how much it is going to cost for a disaster recovery specialist
to try and retrieve or restore your data for you.
Here are some basic tips for avoiding such a situation.
1. If you company is using older computers, be sure your tech
support is regulary checking for any problems on your hard
drives. By discovering problems before they have a chance to
wreak havock on your data, they will have an opportuntiy to back
the data up before it is no longer retrievable.
2. Make sure your techies are giving you the old hard disks
when they do hard drive upgrades on your systems. Even when the
information has been copied onto new disks, the old drives still
contain all your valuable data. You don't want this getting into
the wrong hands. Plus, it is always good to have a backup while
the new hardware is settling in.
3. Especially in a fast paced office environment, the thousands
of computer files can become disorganized over time. Make sure
your computer support is running defragmentation programs on a
4. Keep the operating systems the same across all machines in
your office. This will help prevent hard drive corruption from
various users incorrectly installing programs on a system they
are not familiar with. Better yet, leave program installation,
removal and system partitioning to your tech support.
5. Make sure employess report any problems that crop up on
their machines. If even one computer starts acting strangely,
running slower, or giving error messages, have support run a
scan disk or CHKDSK immediately. Remember, it will be much
cheaper to repair one computer's hard drive than to pick up the
tab after a total system disaster!
Keeping the following tips in mind when creating your data loss
disaster prevention plan will help limit not only headaches, but
losses to your bottom line.
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