Data becomes most vital aspect for most of us. Whether it’s your personal data like pictures, songs, videos etc. or business related data like Word documents, Excel sheets, important Presentations etc. every bit of it becomes priceless. Do you think your data is safe on your drive; it can be pen drive, external HDD, hard drive or any other storage device? If you say yes, you are wrong!! Data loss can strike at any time. It can be the result of a severe disaster, such as hard drive crash or formatting or virus infection etc. your entire data that’s vital will be erased. It can be massively disrupting situations for anyone to face. There is no use of worrying after the disaster has been stroke.
Do you really want to take such risks? If no, then it’s time to think about protecting your data. Here are few dos and don’ts or tips to protect your data from some inevitable situations of data loss. Just read on, you will find many.
- It is advisable to protect the system from dust by using dust cover when the system is not in use
- Keep all the documents & drivers for further use
- Use power strips with surge protectors to protect your computer in case of a power surge
- Use the shutdown or Turn Off command in start menu to turn off the system. Message "It’s safe to turn off the computer" will be displayed then turn off the computer with the power ON / OFF switch
- Run scan disk once a month to avoid the Hard Disk errors, prevents data loss and Hard Disk failure, in addition even helps in pro-longing the life of the Hard Disk Drive
- Even run the defragmenter once a month, this assists you in rearranging of your files and unused space in the hard disk drive. This facilitates your programs to run faster and make finest use of the disk space of your hard drive
- Execute disk cleanup of the Hard Disk once a month, this removes all the unwanted files from the hard drive, which might occupy lot of space on your device
- Always take a backup of your files regularly and store it in safe place preferably in an external drive
- Create a Windows startup floppy, this might help you in trouble shooting the Windows issues that may occur
- Install antivirus software and scan all the external devices for virus before using it and keep updating the software regularly
- Don't turn off the system directly by power ON / OFF switch, this may result in loss or corruption of files that are being edited or transferred
- Don't delete any unknown files in your hard disk
- Do not try to empty the Recycle Bin or Trash Bin without checking its contents
- Don't save any data / files in the Windows directory and in the same drive that contains your OS. Maintain two or more drives, one for OS related data and the others for user files
- Don't change the BIOS settings and Display settings without prior knowledge
- Don't download unwanted software or files such as Screensavers, Wallpapers or other .exe and .com files. This could be any malware or if this is incompatible then huge loss of data will be incurred
- Don't directly enter the Set-up mode of the System in cases of emergency. First contact the Network Administrator for any changes
- If you find any physical damages or scratches on your drive or is corrupt then don’t use the drive further to save data
Above explained are some of the dos and don’ts that need to incorporate while working with your system containing your vital data. No matter how cautious you are few inevitable situations might spoil erase entire data. In such cases, just give a try to Remo Recover Windows / Mac software that can easily recover lost data from the device. However, be careful and use the above described explained Do’s and don’ts to prevent such situations of data loss.
Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.
He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.