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There’s never been a time that a disaster is absent in any aspect of life. Disasters occur anywhere including the computing and data storage realm. Nowadays, data and information is more important than money. Thus, data recovery planning for any disaster is crucial in keeping any business on track and operational.

Data Recovery Planning at Present

Most businesses at present depend highly on computers for a lot of processes and data storage as well. The contribution that computers provide defines a business largely but no matter how great this machines function in making businesses run, they are not perfect. Disasters like earthquakes, floods tornados and other natural occurrences can damage computers of a certain business but no matter how often or unexpected disasters occur. Business owners tend to ignore data recovery planning and blindly choose to suffer the loss afterwards.

What Should Be Backed Up?

Basically, everything that is needed to keep the business running should be included in a data recovery plan. A responsible business owner should be able to identify how often a disaster occurs or how vulnerable files are to theft, misuse and loss. Setting up a team of data recovery experts or hiring a firm which provides data backup and recovery systems services is one important step towards ensuring an operational business no matter what disaster it faces. Setting up this team of experts and hiring them also entails cost. Most big businesses really take time and spend money searching for the best firm. The more important the files are, the higher the cost it would require but investing on it is better than suffering a much greater loss due to failure to retrieve important  IT system files and other business processing data that is needed to run the business.

Disasters That May Cause Data Loss

Losing data in today’s fast and speedy business processes which highly depends on computers can be caused by the following factors.

  • Human Failure/ Error- Some files may have been deleted by mistake or the storage device like DVD’s, USB’s or external hard drive has been misplaced or lost.
  • Intentional Crimes/ Acts- File theft, hacking through system and espionage on industrial aspect.
  • Random Natural Occurrences- Power outages/ failures, errors and crashes on software, software worms and bugs causing system freezes.
  • Natural Disasters- Fire, flood, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes etc.

Identifying which one occurs often and discerning which one can possibly happen to your business is essential in having all data recovery plans laid out by the experts you hired.

 

The Significance

In today’s business world which largely depends on computers and the internet in delivering services to customers it is important that a proper and well laid out recovery plan is in place. One simple disaster can have an exponential effect on your business and can even kill it. The data and information that computers the computers in your business contain serves as the life blood of it. Losing one important file and failing to recover it within 48 hours can put your business out of track for a year or so. Information and data related to your business is indeed has greater value than money! Take the right step. Set up a data recovery plan today!

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A computer, just like any investment you have needs to be protected. Computers are prone to a lot of security, hardware and software problems that can worsen if not solved right away. One common problem that a computer may suffer as you use it over time is a “crash”. Preventing this problem from happening proves to be a better step than solving or fixing the effects left after it occurs.

What Happens During a Crash?

Your computer contains a lot of information in the form of bits of data stored in your hard drive. Over time, these sets of data become mixed up and as you add more content to your computer like songs, pictures and other files important to you and the more games you install, the slower your computer becomes and the more likely it can crash at some point in time. A crash may occur when you run a lot of programs at the same time. It can also occur if you are fond of installing illegal software to your computer like those patch and crack versions offered in some sites. Internal memory crashes can also be caused by viruses, malware and adware that comes in contact with any file especially the executable ones.

Using an Antivirus Prevents Crashes

Your antivirus software can prevent crashes especially those that are caused by malware, adware or any other viruses that are luring around the cyberspace you usually surf and engage into. Antivirus software contains useful components that protect your system from any harm. Virus protection software protects you from crashes silently but effectively in the following ways:

  1. 1.       Scanning and moving harmful threats into a quarantine section

Virus protection software automatically moves a potential threat to a special quarantine folder where it is confined away from other files on your system. This prevents further infection on other files which commonly causes crashes.

  1. 2.       Automatic detection of any harmful software component

Most virus protection software is also able of automatically detecting any malicious component on crack and patch versions of software you are installing which renders the software useless so as to prevent other files from being corrupted and other system components from crashing.

  1. 3.       Malware and spyware protection

Almost all antivirus software at present has a malware and spyware protection component which shields your system against malicious software whenever you are connected to the internet. Most of these malicious programs are harmful especially when it gains access to some files on your RAM. Having one of this can cause a slow computer, frequent crashes and data loss.

 

Other Ways of Preventing Crashes

Limiting downloads to those that you only use and deleting unused files also works effectively in preventing crashes. Unused programs should also be uninstalled in order to free up some system resource (RAM) and hard disk space as well. Avoid storing too much data and running a lot of programs altogether. Windows also has free utilities like disk defragment and disk cleanup which can help organize files and cleanup the junks. Preventing your computer from crashing is just a matter of knowing your system capacity, protecting it with antivirus program and regularly cleaning it. Do these regularly and enjoy a crash-free machine!

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For someone who completely depends on computers for their everyday work, there is no greater disaster than a computer system crashing or a disk collapsing. When you are experiencing disk crashing, your data, files, and other types of data that are saved in your computer drive might be lost. It is important to be aware of preventions and solutions when this situation occurs. You have to know beforehand what to do when your computer system breaks down, especially if you have important contents in your files which you can’t afford to lose. The good news is there are ways to prevent your files or data from permanent deletion.

The solution is called Data Recovery. Recovering lost data may prove to be a complicated and expensive task but there are steps that can be taken done to lessen and minimize the negative impact it brings. Knowing these prevention and recovery steps proves to be very helpful in preserving and recovering your critical files. Using RAID 5 architecture, incorporating physical security and as well as logical security measures to your business/ enterprise information system will help prevent data loss and ease up data recovery.

Using RAID 5 Configurations

 Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID 5) are configurations that utilizes 2 or more disks in storing mirror images, backups and redundant set of files to ensure that all critical files can still be recovered even if one drive fails.

RAID 1 Configuration

This type of configuration makes use of 2 disks each functioning as storage for files by mirroring. This level of architecture provides fast read and write speed and is effective in today’s modern multi-thread operating systems like Linux or Windows however, recovery is possible only if 1 disk out of the 2 fails. Redundancy in this type of configuration is 100%.

RAID 5 Configuration

 The RAID 5 configuration takes advantage of 3 hard drives configured as one however; at least 1 of these drives is used as a backup. This architecture is most effective in higher database applications. One failing drive in RAID 5 architecture will command the backup drive to wake into action making data recovery possible. Performance suffers during read, modify and write of files but efficiency in higher data volume is better.

Both configurations Raid 5 and Raid 1 work best in securing an image or a backup of any file you store in a computer making data recovery possible.

Preventive Steps

As mentioned earlier, data recovery is a costly process making it worthy to be prevented and avoided at all cost. Information is more important than money in today’s technology driven world and avoiding data loss is always better than paying for the consequences.

Physical Security

Physical Security is often an overlooked aspect in business but losing data due to fire, theft, burglary and other disasters cause real disaster. Some ways of improving physical security is by putting obstacles along the way like multiple locks, firewalls, sprinklers and fence. Placing surveillance and notification systems also helps put more physical security steps in place for your enterprise. How much physical security you need depends largely on the exposure to others your computer system has, how much you trust them and the available budget allocated to this purpose.

Logical Security

Logical security on the other hand guards your files from attackers in the online environment which can cause loss of data. Viruses are a common cause to this. Hackers also take advantage of the Internet to break into a company’s financial information. Logical security can be enhanced by using software that safeguards computers and networks from viruses and human attackers. Some ways of improving logical security includes file encryption, biometric information systems, passwords and authentication.

Both physical security and logical security steps are essential in securing a company’s critical files against loss, theft and permanent damage making data recovery still possible after minor or major disasters.

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Your hard disk and the files stored in it can become defragmented as you use your computer for installing some games, programs and saving some files to it. Games and programs are all installed and written on your hard disk as executable, readable files and most of the time, these files are stored in separate locations which creates fragmentation.

What Really Happens When Defragging is not done?

Fragmentation on your disk is a common scenario where files are scattered. This causes your computer to slow down due to difficulty in looking for files related to each other. Everytime you install a program, your computer just stores the files on any available space the hard drive has creating a fragmented drive and resulting to a slow computer. For instance, when a program is run and the files needed for it to function is scattered, the program will take long to load or even exhibit some memory errors, crashes or your program will not be opened.

What Can You Do?

Defragmenting your hard drive or what is commonly known as “Defragging” will organize all related files for each programs installed on your computer. It also frees some disk space which will then make your computer faster than it used to be before you learned defragging your hard drive.

Benefits of Defragmenting Your Hard Drive

1.    Defragmenting it Increases Your Disk Space

A fragmented hard drive contains some blank memory packets in between files which increases the used space. Executing the Disk Defragmenter utility on your windows machine will help use these free spaces as it organizes all related files. Checking your disk properties before and after doing a defrag will help you realize this point.

2.    Defragmenting Prolongs Your Disk’s Life

A hard disk takes a long time reading and looking for related files once these files are scattered all over it. It also consumes a lot of resources which can shorten the disk’s life. Doing disk defragment regularly will help lessen the processing time and will minimize the stress on your disk which in return helps prolong its life.

 

3.    Defragmenting Helps Save Some Battery Juice

As mentioned in the items above, defragmenting your drive organizes files on your disk which lessens processing time. A computer uses up more battery juice when it is processing something and when the process takes longer; your battery may drain faster. Organized files will help lessen this scenario and prolong battery life.

4.    Defragging Helps Speed Up Your Computer

Related files organized together will help access to it easier. A computer which is not defragmented regularly will typically slow down and will suffer a lot of errors in running some programs. Defragmenting your disk will surely speed up computer speed and will eliminate crashes, errors and hangs.

 

Though most computer experts say that operating systems at present are smart enough to need any disk defrag, it is recommended that computer users defragment their drives regularly especially if they are suffering from errors, crashes and a slow computer.

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Your computer contains some files stored in one device known as a “Hard Drive”. These files stay there until you decide to delete it for good. Your hard drive can store files in a varied size and limitations. Hard drives in the past 2 years had a memory capacity of 100, 150, 200 260GB’s but the latest trend at present already reached up to 600Gigabyte-1Terabyte. Imagine carrying such a massive memory capacity on your computer. It’s about double the memory an average computer owner has on his machine. As memory capacity increases, the price also jacks up higher.

Whether you are selling your computer or just suffering from a slow computer, cleaning your hard drive is important. Find out why by reading through the items below.

Benefits of Cleaning up your Hard Drive

Cleaning it Speeds up Your Computer

The files in your hard drive, as you use it every day becomes mixed up and fragmented. Related files become separated from each other and stored in other parts of the drive making the access to these files quite hard causing your computer to behave slower. Cleaning up your drive using “file error checking” and defragment utilities helps organize related files and speed up access to files and the overall performance of your computer as well.

Cleaning Your Hard Drive Prevents Viruses

When a disk cleanup is executed regularly, your computer becomes more protected from errors caused by viruses, adware and malwares since most of the errors created by these devils are fixed right away and the viruses are deleted instantly.

Regularly Cleaning it Prevents Major Damages

A clean hard drive is a great advantage to anyone who owns a computer. Not only it helps speed up your virtual office functions, it also assures you that your computer is working normally and spares you from major software problems leading to major problems like replacement of your RAM or your hard drive. Cleaning your hard drive regularly is really a must in maintaining its good state.

Cleaning Your Drive Prevents Crashes, Errors and Booting Up Problems

Crashes, internal memory and boot up errors are all caused by a poorly maintained drive. Errors and corrupted files on your registry also cause problems which develop into more serious ones if not addressed right away. Cleaning up your drive helps prevent these things from happening.

Cleaning it up Before Selling Your Computer Prevents Unauthorized Access To Files

If you already decided to trade your computer then it’s always advised that you reformat and delete everything first but of course, backing up everything is also needed to preserve your important files for it to be transferred to the new computer you will be having as a replacement. Doing this prevents other people from accessing any of your private files illegally whether it is intentional or not.

The hard drive in your computer serves as the storage of everything. Taking good care and maintaining it regularly assures a safe, better and faster computer that will surely serve all your virtual needs.

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You probably wonder what a defraggler is. If you’re suffering from a slow computer or if your machine has been suffering from a lot of errors and crashes then you probably need a program that can do this.

A defraggler is a program that can organize all the files on your hard drive. Your computer’s main storage becomes filled with files from all the games, programs and documents you store in it. You also get some files from the internet pages and websites you regularly visit which are commonly referred to as junk or temporary files in the form of browsing history and web certificates.

All of these files are stored into your hard drive but some are located far from each other. For instance, some files for an installed program may be located in places too far from each other making the access to it very slow resulting to a slow processing time or the program takes time to open.

What Should You Do?

One thing that you should do is to organize all the files but this job is not done by you manually. This is where a defraggler enters the picture. There are lots of software offered free to download and use which you can have to achieve maximum performance on your computer. You can choose from the list below.

Windows Disk Defragment

Your windows computer has a free utility called “Disk Defragment” which is part of the accessories that comes with the version of windows you installed to your computer. You can use this one for your defragmenting needs.

Piriform Defraggler

This free defraggler was made by Piriform and is a good defragmenting software considering that it’s offered free. This software also gives you an option to defragment a specific folder like a huge library of songs or other types of files. Unlike the windows disk defragment utility, this doesn’t come with your windows computer but don’t worry, you can get it for free from a lot of sources in the net by typing the name on your search engine.

Disk Defrag

Developed by Auslogics, this defragment software can defrag multiple files in one operation. It can also do the process in 38-40 minutes. This is best for those who have a little time waiting for the process to finish because of office tasks. Best of all, it works well for any version of windows and is available free to download too!

Diskeeper

This is probably the best one available in the market but of course, anything that works best comes with a price. Diskeeper is available at about $39 and the price you will be paying is worth everything. It can check and fix file errors, put important files on easy-to-access places, it updates automatically, and a lot more! It is also compatible to any file system format and any version of windows that you have. Having this software installed on your computer will surely make it work like new again!

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Computers normally slow down as you use it for your daily virtual office tasks. A slow computer is a nightmare that computer owners never dreamed of happening especially if it does an essential task for you, your office, your business or even your home. What can you do when a your computer starts showing some signs of slowing down, system errors, bad sectors, internal memory crashes and the worst, when it reaches the limit of its storage capacity. Learn some tips of how you can speed up and maximize the use of your computer. Remember, knowledge is always the best tool to combat any problem that we meet every day.

Tips for Speeding up Your Computer

Tip # 1 Know Your System Capacity

One mistake that you will ever make is choosing the wrong operating system or any other program for your computer. A 32-bit version of an OS has a specific set of programs compatible to it and the same is true with other versions. Incompatible programs will cause your computer to slow down.

Tip # 2 Disable Unused Background Programs

Programs running in the background eat up your RAM memory which is an essential part of the processing hardware your computer has. Disable some programs you are not using and retain only the useful ones.

Tip # 3 Scan for Windows System Errors

Your operating system is a set of files and programs that performs different functions. In time as you use your computer for a lot of tasks, some of these files might have changed or became corrupted causing your system to slow down. A utility available on your windows called “system file checking” can be used to search any errors and fix it right away.

Tip # 4 Scan and Remove Viruses

Adware and spywares are everywhere. These are programs created by companies that loads automatically to your computer to make them better understand their customers and market their products effectively. Regularly scanning your system for any of these programs and viruses using an antivirus software will help speed up your computer.

Tip # 5 Lower Down and Adjust Visual Effects

Windows offers a variety of visual effect preferences like fading menus, changing wallpapers etc. These features also eat up some of your operating resources (RAM). Disabling these features or lowering them down will help lessen the stress on your computer’s memory and speed it up.

Tip # 6 Defragment Your Drive

The more files you store in your drive, the more possible that your computer has stored these files in separate places on your hard drive creating a fragmentation on your disk. De-fragmenting your drive puts all related files in one place resulting to a better and faster computer performance.

Your computer also becomes stressed become like and as an effect, it becomes slower and its performance deteriorates. Letting it rest and cleaning it up regularly will help lessen the stress and make it perform faster just like the time when it was still new.

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