Hard Drive

5 Steps to Prevent Hard Drive Failure.

Most of the computer user experiences the nightmares of hard drive failure. We can try as much as we can to prevent hard drives from crushing but we cannot prevent viruses from attacking our hand drives and computer. These bugs can often cause our computers to crash. The following are 5 Steps to Prevent Hard Drive Failure:

  1. Accidentally Dropped the Drive.

There have been many cases where the drive has been accidentally dropped by the user or knocked over. Many of these drives are designed to sit upright on a flat surface. This can cause it to be susceptible to tipping over. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to allow it to lay flat instead of upright. This will prevent tipping.

  1. Power Surges from Lightning Strikes.

lighting StrikeFrequent power-outs and unstable voltage can be very harmful to the hard disk; it not only makes the drive wear out much quicker but also affects the entire PC performance negatively. Therefore it is very crucial to use high-quality UPS (uninterruptable power supply) for your computer.

  1. Prevent Overheating.

For most of the electronic components, heat is a pretty harmful factor. You need to take action immediately if you notice that the hard drive of your computer is overheated. A small utility called “HDD temperature” is able to monitor the drive temperature which can help you solve the overheating problem effectively. You can use this utility to record the maximum temperature after you stop using the computer for an hour. If the temperature of the drive is turn out to be over 500 C, it is not a good thing; the best solution is to install a cooling fan to maintain drive temperature around 300C – 450 C to ensure its stability.

  1. Defragment regularly

Disk-fragmentationDefragmentation is a basic and also a reliable way to maintain the hard drive performance. If you have many large files in your computer and you copy and paste them a lot, it is recommended to defrag at least once a week to eliminate the fragments and keep the files stay in order. But do remember not to defrag too often, if you defragment several times a week or even a day, it will do no good to the disk but bring you the opposite effect.

  1. Clean up the Windows registry.

A messed Windows Registry not only affects the PC performance but also bad for the hard drive. There will be hundreds of wasted entries left in the registry every time you remove a program which makes the registry lumpish and sluggish over time, the best solution is to clean the registry periodicity to keep it compact by using 3rd party registry cleaner.

Hard Drive

Micro SD cards and Video Games.: What’s the connection?

Are you wondering about the relationship existing between micro SD cards and video games? Well, we all know that to store any video games, one has to get sufficient storage spaces. Micro SD cards can, therefore, be a solution. In olden days, video game console relied on memory cards to store the data for the games.

The first video game device that used a memory card was the Neo Geo AES. It first came into place in 1990 produced by a company called SNK. These memory cards were congenial with Neo-Geo MVS arcade chips. This allowed players to transfer saved data between home and computer systems that run the videos. For six generations, video gamed devices have used memory cards that were on propriety formats. However, the systems that came later used more advanced memory cards hardware such as FAT32.

Although many video games devices recently use hard drive storages and flash disks to store game information, some still use card formats through their reader to facilitate the same process. Also, majority portable gaming devices rely on customized memory cartridges because of their smaller sizes and low power consumption.

 

One of the portable devices that use micro SD cards is the Nintendo Switch. This gaming device can support up to 2TB of micro SD storage. Games in such devices take a tremendous amount of room. Therefore, one has to take a card with high capacity to work effectively with the switch. For Nintendo 3DS, you won’t purchase an SDXC card since it supports SDHC cards containing storage of 32GB or less.

Currently, we have many devices that support microSD, microSDHX cards, and microSDHC. All these cards range in their storage capabilities. To remain on the safer side, we would advise users to opt for larger capacity cards as they can hold a vast number of games. They can also carry high-quality games with no hitch.

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