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:
- 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.
- Power Surges from Lightning Strikes.
Frequent 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.
- 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.
- Defragment regularly
Defragmentation 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.
- 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.