A lot of hard disk mechanical happens every time you save or open a file. The hard disk works just like a gramophone, with moving disk and heads media to write to and retrieve data from.
Hard disk drive crash can be very scaring. You worry about losing your important data and files.
Whether you have cherished family photos or valuable organization files on your hard disk drive, you will always wish you recover them after a hard disk crash. Always ensure that you keep an extra copy of your data or files on a different media, in a different location. This will lower the risk of losing your vital data when a hard disk crash occurs. If you fail to invest in a good data backup plan, you will need to acquire a reputable hard drive recovery company to help you with the data recovery process, when such incidences like sudden hard disk crash occur.
Is My Hard Disk Overworked?
If you take a look at your PC’s hard disk activity LED, you will notice a green light blinking even when not working on the PC. This could be an indication that your hard disk is processing some programs installed in your computer running in the background.
Let us have a look at various tips you need to consider to maintain your hard disk drive on Windows platform and prevent sudden crashes:
1) Perform Disk Cleanup
Some people download fancy utility software to clean their hard disks off temporary files, which is not recommended. Disk cleanup enables users to remove temporary files that are no longer in use or can be deleted safely. Removing unuseful temporary files can help you speed up and improve your PC performance. It is recommended that you run a disk cleanup at least once every month.
2) Software Redundancy
Some people install too many software or firewalls and heavy antivirus software that essentially perform the same purpose, just because they can acquire these software free. This will greatly affect your hard disk performance. For instance, installing two heavy antivirus software, constantly running hard disk scans can harm your hard disk’s mechanical parts. You can perform self-audit as a measure to avoid software redundancy. Also, ensure you only install software that is necessary for your operations.
3) Stay Protected
It is advisable that you keep one updated firewall and one antivirus software running on your PC. Infections in your PC have a higher percentage of damaging your hard disk by overworking them, causing serious wear and tear. Infection is also likely to delete or corrupt data stored in your hard drive causing double loss since you will lose your data and also incur hard drive failure.
4) Manage Startup
To manage your hard disk startup, perform the following: From the Start menu, enter “msconfig”. Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all programs that you don’t need to be loaded during startup. For instance, WinAmp audio players.
5) Remove Junk Files
It is advisable that you remove all rarely used utilities, unused services, software demos, and free trial games from your computer. If you have to keep them, you can store them in your external hard disk. These simple housekeeping tasks will help in keeping your hard disk safe and in good health.
6) Disk Defragmentation
If you realize your PC is running slow, you need to diagnose the hard disk to find out if it is the excessive disk fragmentation that is the cause.
Disk defragmentation is the process of combining fragmented files on your hard disk drive. Disk fragmentation occurs when data is written to your hard disk, and there is insufficient contiguous space to accommodate the complete file. Because files are being written, deleted and resized constantly, disk fragmentation is a continuous natural occurrence.
7) Ain’t broken, don’t fix
Always check for smaller footprint utilities and reviews. The rule of thumb here is “If some utilities are working perfect for you, you should not switch to another utility just for better looks.” Stick to what works best for your PC and improve on it rather than hanging up on more utilities that will simply jam your hard disk for nothing.
It is very important to keep our hard disk protected. Following the tips mentioned in this article will not only ensure better lifespan for your hard disk but also ensure that your hard disk performance remains stable. I do perform disk cleanup and disk defragmentation every week for a healthy disk!