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Sajid 11-04-2009 02:16 PM

Hard Drive Crash Recovery and Prevention
 
The hard drive in our computers stores all our data, and our PC couldn't function without it. There would be no internet, e-mail or perhaps an operating system without hard drives. Since hard drives are so important, a hard drive crash is without any doubt the hardest problem that somebody could attract on their PC.

Drive crashes can occur for lots of reasons, and typically the owner is not to blame. One reason your drive can crash is due to a hardware problem. See your drive is a magnetic disc that spins and has an extended arm hovering over it, to access any area, and collect the data.

If the motor overheats and stops spinning or the arm fails to function, then your drive will crash and not be accessible in any way.

An alternative way for your hard drive to crash is from corrupt system files, registry files and viruses. Viruses come in several forms as spy ware, ad ware, in emails and lots of other places all over the web. I like to recommend a good virus protection program from McAfee, Norton, or Free one's like AVG or Avast to stop those viruses and stop your drive from crashing.

Now let's imagine your drive has crashed, how do you identify the issue and is it able to be fixed? Well deciding whether the drive crash is mechanical or software related is basically reasonably simple. The flashing light on front of your personal computer case, that blinks when the PC is busy, is a good tool to figure out the problem. If you see the LED light flashing, but the PC won't boot up, then most likely it's a software related problem, that means an operating system glitch or a virus of some kind. Fortunate for you this generally can be fixed and your files can be saved, but I like to recommend only letting a pro try and fix it since the typical person might find it too troublesome unless they have experience in formatting hard drives. Worst case eventuality is if you do not see the LED light flashing in the front of your personal computer case, this suggests your drive does not have activity which essentially means it's a mechanical problem.

A mechanical problem in your drive can be fixed, but it is pretty costly. It is less expensive to get a new drive then to mend it, but naturally if you have vital information stored on the damaged drive that you must get back, then you actually have no option but to have a professional fix it. You local PC store should have the experience to fix it, but if not you can find plenty of them on Internet. I should say also though, that sophisticated hardware and software standards in today's hard drives tell you when your drive is getting ready to crash and gives you time to back up your critical files.

Overall, the simplest way to stop your drive from crashing is to not neglect it and look after it. The most vital care tip is to ensure you defragment your drive once or more a month. Your operating system should come with a defragmenting program that's simple to use. Performing a defragment (Power Defragmenter) on your drive fundamentally takes your info and organizes it into more handy places so the mechanical arm can access information quicker and with the smallest amount of movement. An alternate way to guard your drive from crashes is to get a good virus scanner, and keep protection tools enabled and perform a full system scan of each file on your drive once a month. Another minor cares that you can take are to impose a SPAM guard on your emails and remove your short lived web files once in a while. You need to also keep your operating system updated by downloading updates for it as fast as they come out. Windows makes this straightforward, through windows update. If you're someone who downloads lots of files from the web, then you want to exercise caution in what you decide to download, as drive crashes are ordinarily related to defective software from unknown sources on the net. Naturally the most effective way to save everyone a headache if a Hard drive crash occurs is to back up your data frequently.

Data loss is the rationale a Hard drive crash is so malicious, so if you back up your data daily or if you work on it, then if a crash occurs you'll have no sweat on your back. I like to recommend you save your files to a rewritable CD/DVD or USB external drive as soon as you get done working on it, particularly if the information is business related.


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