How to Prevent Damage To Your Media And Prevent Data Loss

Of the many ways you can potentially lose large amounts of data, physical damage of your hard drives is perhaps the worst. This is because of a number of reasons, but primarily because of how extensive the potential data loss can be with physical damage. While there are a lot of ways for logical data corruption to create data loss, most of the logical damage done to data can be restored fairly easily. Sometimes, it can even be recovered remotely. However, physical damage to your hard drives can result in loss that will require expensive, intensive recovery tactics.

To avoid having to deal with the problems associated with data loss from physically damaged hard drives, it's smart to take some basic steps to prevent the damage from ever occurring. These steps don't have to be very intensive, and they can be very cheap to implement. Despite the simplicity of these measures, they are not half-measures or things that will not have a genuine impact on preserving the safety of your hard drives. They are simply very easy to manage solutions that can go a long way toward preserving the physical integrity of your hard drives.

Installing Risers for Drives while Being Used

One of the most common causes of physical hard drive damage is simply a spilled drink. People also often drop heavy things like books or other objects onto drives, which can cause more damage than you may think. When the drives are placed on risers, they can avoid a significant amount of the damage they could sustain in a large spill. Not only will they avoid having the liquid spill directly onto them, but they will also avoid sitting in the liquid while you scramble to clean it all up. These risers can either be purchased very inexpensively, or built using very simple designs.

Use Protective Cases

Even a very simple protective case can go a long way toward protecting a drive if it ever falls. It's not uncommon for people to be transporting drives from one place to another, only to accidentally drop the drive and cause significant damage. A protective case can help to soften the damage caused by the impact. This doesn't just protect the drive from impact damage. It also protects the internal components from shifting upon impact in such a way as to render the drive useless.

When you get a protective case, it's important to remember that you shouldn't store the drive in the case if you don't have to. This is especially true when it comes to fully-enclosed hard drive cases. If any water builds up inside of the case from humidity or other sources, your hard drive can be absolutely destroyed. A simple way to avoid this is to either store the drive outside of the case, or to invest in reusable silica packs. When stored inside of airtight cases with electronics, these packs absorb moisture from the air so it doesn't get into your components. The packs can be reused by simply baking them in an oven at low heat until the moisture is baked out of them.

Use a Surge Protector

Intense electronic feedback coming from wall outlets can cause significant hardware damage to your hard drives. This will generally occur in the event of an electrical storm. If lighting strikes your building or a nearby grid location, the resulting power spike can overload the circuits of your hard drive. This can cause physical damage that may be too extensive for technicians to repair later on. A simple surge protector can go a long way toward removing any risks associated with this type of damage.

Invest in Cooling Systems

When hard drives see a lot of use, they inevitably heat up. When they heat up too much, the resulting heat can cause damage to connectors and to the drive itself. There are many inexpensive cooling options available, including small fans that blow heat away from the drives. You can invest in more efficient liquid cooling options for your drive, but they are significantly more expensive than fans. You can also mitigate the potential damage caused by overheating if you are able to use the drive sparingly.

Protection for Your Data Starts with Prevention

When it comes to protecting your data from being corrupted by physical damage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure. If you take some very simple steps to help remove some of the risks facing your hard drives, you will be doing a lot to prevent any data loss that could arise from physical damage. Even though it is possible to recover a lot of data from physically damaged drives, it can also be a very expensive process. Taking the time now to prevent the damage from ever occurring can save time, stress and money.