Avoiding data loss at all cost is a primary concern in today’s big business. Losing important business files can prove to be devastating and can even put your business out of track for a long time. Following the guidelines below will help you save your files and your work/business as well.

The First Step is Always Crucial

A clicking or sometimes grinding and whirring inside your computer are signs that your hard drive has a defect. These sounds mean that some mechanical and spinning parts of your disk are scraping against each other which can result to a partial if not complete data loss. Remember to unplug the power first before removing the drive. Static electricity, sudden motion like jarring and jolting can do more damage to your drive and the files stored in it. If the data stored in your drive is important, make sure that you bring it to a reputable data recovery firm that offers service of recovering data from damaged hard drives. Never try it yourself to avoid complete data loss! Multiple data recovery attempts can render your data unrecoverable. Remember! The first attempt is always the most effective one.

What to Do During Disasters

  • Backup data immediately if possible
  • Avoid using utility software when the sounds of death are on. (scrapes, taps, clicks, hums)
  • Avoid powering up a device that is producing sounds of obvious damage
  • Shut computers right away to avoid damage on its hard drive and the data as well
  • Never try retrieving data on damaged hard drive yourself. Powering on and off many times or using recovery software from unsafe sites may render some data useless and may even result to permanent data loss
  • Contact the nearest data recovery team right away. Assuming that everything is gone is proven to be a big mistake.
  • Most data recovery experts working in a firm can restore data from any damaged disk depending on the extent of the damage.

Data Loss Prevention

Businesses and individual computer owners should think of best ways in preserving important data stored in hard drives to ensure that a work, business or any important activity stays on track.

Best Practices You Can Try

  • Ensure that a verified backup is present before upgrading a system
  • Always use latest version of utilities for software, hardware and data protection like antivirus and
  • Make a habit of scanning all data including attachments and software before storing or installing them to your computer.
  • Always use ventilating fans and air conditioning accessories to regulate temperature around server locations
  • Secure a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to protect computers and servers from power interruptions and surges
  • Turn off and take extreme care on damaged computers
  • Static charge and discharge should be avoided when handling hard drives specifically on extremely dry places.

 Effective Backup and Restore Strategies

  • Take time to invest in redundant backup and restore systems.
  • Build up an effective and well-structured backup systems and procedures to make copies of all critical files using compatible software and application
  • Regularly check backed up data to make sure that everything is properly saved and in order.
  • Secure at least one copy of all critical files in an offsite environment.

Backing up your files is like reviving someone’s life. Make sure that you do it properly.