5 Things To avoid With Your External Hard Drive

5 Things Not to Do With Your External Hard Drive

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Not long ago i heard a story of your guy who bought a brand new 1TB hard drive and copied every one of the data from his laptop (his entire being) onto the drive. He then proceeded to run a recovery on his laptop to remove the years of unnecessary rubbish he’d accumulated during the last 2 years. If this found transferring his data back to the laptop from his drive, he pointed out that the hard drive was suddenly less responsive than the usual piece of deadwood! He had lost all the music, movies and work documents he’d accumulated through the years, as well as that photo (the only proof) he’d taken of the cute model he’d kissed 5 years ago before he discovered the thrill of drinking beer and subsequently turned into an overweight, wannabee jock, who’d never be able like this again.

The fact is that an external portable hard drive is quite fragile in nature, and considering the millions of information that people take with you on them, it is vital that we understand and understand a number of the very important Do’s and Don’ts when handling this precious cargo. I’ve compiled a list of the 5 most common things To refrain from giving along with your hard drive, look it over:

1. Make sure you make use of the correct power source
Most likely the number one suspect in the murder of 1000s of external hard disks annually. External hard drives will be more sensitive than Michael Jackson when it comes to voltage fluctuations. Never use your friend’s power cable in cases of emergency, if you do, you’ll be sorry!

2. Don’t clutter things on the top or around your drive
That one catches many people out. External hard drives, actually, computer equipment in general, are allergic to heat. Piling books or clothes together with a drive causes the air across the drive being kept in, eventually resulting in an oven-like effect that merely causes drives to overheat, melt, gain in popularity fire, who knows?

3. Don’t leave connected wires in harms way
Whether it’s a power cable or simply just your USB connection from the external USB hard disk drive for your PC, make sure that there isn’t any way anyone can trip over any cables – this might prove disastrous. Either your drive is going to be pushed off its heightened position and damage itself in its fall to fate, or the sudden removal of the information cable whilst transferring data could result in massive damages to both hard drive and pc alike. Ensure your connection is Hoff proof; this means: even David Hasselhoff could stumble drunkenly around your home without chance of tripping over any cables.

4. Switch the one thing off when you are not using it
External hard disk drives, unlike laptops and pc’s aren’t made to be left on permanently. Data corruption and overheating come into play when the unit remain on for too long durations (particularly when coupled with point 2 above).

5. Avoid switching use between PC and Mac
This can be a silent killer. Not many people know this, but I’ve experienced it in my lifetime. The constant change of drivers accustomed to transfer data involving the external hard drive as well as the different PC and Mac machines can lead to important computer data being corrupted. If need be, rather purchase two separate drives to make use of around the different machines

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