Losing documents, pictures, or other files can be a painful experience. If you’ve spent time and money creating good data storage devices, getting rid of them before they break becomes even more important. Don’t lose your data due to carelessness! All it takes is following these simple suggestions to ensure that your valuable information stays safe.
Don’t Use Data Storage Devices Immediately After Purchasing Them
When you buy a new data storage device, it’s probably tempting to take it out of its package straight away and begin using it. But if you do this without transferring your old data, the results can be disastrous, and you’ll need to hire RAID, SAN & NAS recovery services, or another reputable data recovery company to get everything back. Instead, make sure that all of your files are backed up before using a device. Then, you can easily move your data back to a new device when needed without any loss in quality or quantity.
To illustrate this point, let’s use a typical hard disk drive (HDD). If you never back up your files and then immediately start saving new ones to the device after purchasing it, there’s no way of determining whether or not the information you’ve saved is still safe. Although most hard drives are built with solid-state components that prevent data loss due to shock or vibrations, these components don’t completely protect your data when the power is turned off. If you remove the hard drive while it’s running, there’s a chance that some files will be lost.
Ensure That All USB Cables Are in Working Order
When you attach a storage device to your computer via USB cable, any removable media that exists on the device is automatically added to Windows Explorer or Finder, depending on which operating system you use. You may then be tempted to remove the storage device right away, but this can lead to disaster if the computer is turned off before all of your data has been safely transferred.
The reason for this is that electricity flows through the USB cable only when it’s connected with both ends plugged into a power supply or socket. To avoid losing data, wait for the device to initialize and display a new drive letter in Windows Explorer or Finder before you disconnect it. If both devices are turned off with just one of the ends plugged into a socket, some files may be lost from your storage device.
In addition to ensuring that all USB cables are in working order, always use the cable that was provided by the manufacturer. In some cases, a newer version of software or firmware may have been installed on your computer since you purchased it. If this is the case, using an older USB cable with a different endpoint might not allow your storage device to communicate properly with your computer and could lead to data loss.
Turn Off Your Computer Promptly
Whether you’re working with a computer that runs the Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux operating system, turning off your device and unplugging any attached storage devices as soon as possible is always a good idea. If your data storage device doesn’t properly power down, and you continue to use it while your computer is running or plugged in, it’s easy to corrupt some or all of your files.
So if you’ve finished using a storage device on one computer, don’t remove it immediately unless you’re ready to attach it to another device right away. Instead, unplug the USB cable and then shut down the computer before removing the storage device. Then, when you’re ready to use the device with another computer, you can turn that machine on and plug in the USB cable before starting up your operating system.
Beware of Electromagnetic Interference
Whether you’re working with an external hard drive, memory card, or another type of storage device, it’s important to avoid exposure to magnetic fields whenever possible. For example, most people are familiar with the magnetic field that’s generated by a speaker when it’s turned on. If you’ve ever placed your smartphone or calculator near a speaker for an extended period of time, you may have noticed that some functions stopped working properly after it was exposed to this electromagnetic interference (EMI).
To avoid this problem, try keeping any speakers or peripherals that generate significant EMI away from your computer when you attach a storage device. Never attempt to move data from your external hard drive to your smartphone or other devices while you’re near speakers or powerful peripherals.
Whether it’s a flash drive, memory card, or another type of storage device, you can always safeguard yourself from losing data by following the tips presented in this article. If you’re careless when using USB cables with your computer, there’s a chance that some files could be corrupted and lost. In addition to never disconnecting a storage device without shutting down your computer first, always use the cable that was provided with your device.