Maintaining Your Hard Drive

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Maintaining Your Hard Drive

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usually rely on their personal computers for storing important documents and other media. When you put your life on your computer, all of it can disappear the moment something goes wrong. The problem is, when your hard disk crashes, it is possible that you will lose all of your precious files. To prevent this from happening, here are some of the tricks that you can do to maintain the performance of your hard drive.

To physically maintain your hard disks, make sure that it is inside your computer. An internal hard drive outside of the computer’s chassis may accumulate dust and dirt. A single piece of dust may block the head of the hard disks from reading your files. Cleaning out the dust also prevents any overheating due to lack of proper ventilation. If you have an external hard drive,  keep it in a safe and clean place. Clean it monthly to make sure no accumulation of dust occurs.

When you are cleaning or removing your drive, don’t drop it to the floor or handle it roughly. The internal parts of are sensitive enough that a little shake while it is spinning will cause the head’s misalignment. Put it gently to a shock proof case first; and before you will touch it touch the chassis of the CPU to neutralize yourself and not shock your hard drive. Remember to never shake or move around your computer too much while it is on.

Now you know how to take care from the outside; let’s do it on the inside. Viruses often corrupt your computer and make it run slowly. Before you use your computer, install a good anti-virus software to protect it. Also activate your firewall to guard the computer from unwanted files which are usually found on the internet. Also install a registry cleaner because registry errors also make up the memory of your hard drive.

Remember that electronic devices are prone to heat damage. Even if you leave your computer idle, your hardware is still working. To avoid overheating, set your power options to shutting off your hard drive automatically after a few minutes. This will make your hard drive to cool off for a while. Also remember to also keep and use your computer in well ventilated areas, and never have anything blocking the vents.

You should also conduct a disk cleanup, disk check, and defragmentation on your computer once a month. There are some temporary files on your computer that builds up the longer you use your computer that take up space and slow it down. Doing a disk cleanup will remove all those temporary files completely. Disk checking your computer will check your entire system of errors and bugs and it will require you to restart your computer and wait for all cleaning procedures to be completed. To defrag your computer means that you will remove all unnecessary fragments of files and put all the remaining files together in a single section of your hard disk. All of this takes a while to complete especially if you have big files, and it is not advisable to do these regularly to avoid overheating your hard drive.

Sometimes, the hard drive fails to spin anymore because of wear and tear. If your hard disks has a warranty from the seller, then you might get another replacement. If you hear rustling and eerie sounds, you should do a backup for all your files on a separate drive. No matter how well maintained your computer is, it is always wise to backup important files regularly onto a backup drive just in case.


These are some tricks to help you with maintaining it. With proper care, you can be sure that you hard drive will last for a long time. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

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