How to Prolong the Life of Your Hard Drive

Losing data is the most frustrating experience for any computer user. One of the biggest causes of data loss is a hard drive crash. Hard drives are the most commonly used data storage devices in desktops, laptops, and server. Although the latest hard drives are robust, still these drives inevitably fail. And when they fail, it results in the loss of your precious data.

The hard drives are available in two different types- HDD and SSD. Hard disk drives (HDD drives) comprises of moving parts and spinning platters that store data. A hard drive is similar to other mechanical devices which mean it is susceptible to damages. All hard drives have a fixed lifespan but often due to logical errors or physical damage, they fail catastrophically.

Your hard drive can withstand minor damages and usually, you won’t notice any damage signs until it crashes. The signs of gradual failure include an extremely slow transfer rate, a clicking sound, and corrupted files. Sometimes, you may not experience any symptom of damages and your HDD may crash suddenly. These damages are usually a result of human errors, software or hardware failure, malware or virus infection, improper drive use, power surge, moisture, or overheating.

Whether your hard drive damages gradually or fails suddenly, it’s best to maintain a regular backup of your data. Moreover, it’s also important to take preventive measures to extend the life of your hard drive. By following manufacturer directions, active disk monitoring, regular disk optimization, and adequate recovery measures, it is possible to prolong the lifespan of your hard disk and prevent data loss.

Here are a few tips to increase the life of your hard drive.

Prevent Overheating

To protect your hard drive, make sure to avoid overheating your laptop or desktop. Your system and drive may overheat due to overworking, covering the cooling fans, or exposing it to the direct sunlight. In addition to avoiding these factors, you may also install fans in your desktop computer to improve the longevity of your hard drives.

Proper Handling

Improper handling and bumping your laptop is also responsible for damaging your hard drive. If you carry a portable hard drive, try to handle it with the utmost care and store it in a soft, padded case. At the time of using it, place it on a flat, non-slippery surface, free from insulating items. Also, make a habit of using the “Remove USB device” option while unplugging it.

Protection from Dust & Moisture

Dust and moisture are the biggest enemies of mechanical devices. If your system is exposed to dust or moisture, it may overheat and lead to hard disk malfunctioning. So keep your computer dust-free and keep adequate space between multiple drives in your PC case or server rack for adequate ventilation. You should place your system and external hard drives at a cool and dry place.

Proper Power Management

Power management is also crucial to ensure the proper functioning of your drive. Don’t keep your laptop on for an extended period and put it on the sleep mode during long periods of inactivity. A sudden power outage and power surge can severely damage your hard drive. So it’s important to use a good quality uninterrupted power supply (UPS) with built-in surge protection to prevent damages from a sudden power surge.