How to Protect your Hard drive from Failing?

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Got a new laptop and you must taking good care of it, cleaning, maintaining and other methods of keep your system smooth running.

The most important part of a laptop is the Hard Drive which stores all your information safe and secure, but what if the Hard drive itself is not safe than how safe is your data?

Here are few tricks which make your Hard Drive last longer and to keep you data intact and can prevent your Hard Drive from dieing early

  • Run Check Disk
  • Hard drives eventually have problems which may be sue to software, partition problems, physical problems or anything, the best way to deal with this is to use check disk, just open cmd: type in chkdsk drive name: and hit enter, it will say scheduled for next boot, the next time you boot it will ask for chkdsk Y or N just hit Y and relax and it would complete itself.

  • Use a HDD Monitor
  • Always have a tiny application that monitors your Hard Drive health and lets you know about it if there are any issues with it, you can get any free tools or even paid ones, Just search for Hard Drive Monitors.

  • Create Seperate drives for the OS & Data
  • Always have seperate partitons for your boot volume or OS and your data, as having your data in the boot drive makes it more risky for the life of hard drive as you copy files every time you do some work thus working on the boot volume if you have seperate partition your boot partition remains untouched

  • Try to keep the computer in Cool Place
  • Alawys try to keep your computer in a Cool and Dry place, I said cool just dont freeze it, many people tend to keep the computers in covered cabinets with no care they clean the cabinet once a year or when the computer is dead.

  • Keep your drives away from static Energy
  • Remember always to have you hard drives kept away from static energy, where is static energy found? Its all around you TV, Speakers, any appliances or devices which have magnets in them.

  • Defragment the Drive
  • Always have your drive defragment once a week, you can setup windows utility to a schedule every week, so that the drive is always deragmented and lasts longer.

  • Shift to SDD
  • Try shifting to Soid State Drives, SDD are nothing but larger flash drives, since there are no moving parts inside a SDD like a platter, read head or any bearings the life is automatically increased.

  • Make sure your HDD is fixed properly
  • Always check if the Hard Drive is screwed properly if there is any vinration sound coming from your computer do check the screws and tight them up as the vibration causes damage to the heads and platter of the Hard Drive.

    Eventually Backup

    How good care you take of your hard drive eventually it would die, so always have backups in place.

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