Here is some advice:
- If you suspect that there is something wrong with your disk, don’t continue to use it if there is important data on the disk that you cannot afford to lose.
- Do not open your disk, there is nothing that you can fix in there – you will allow dust into the disk and onto the platters, causing more damage and we will not be able to recover as much data as would have been possible if you did not tamper with the disk.
- Do not swap the PCB’s, they are matched to the data on the Service Areas on the disk platters, this will result in permanent data loss.
- Ensure that there is no buildup of dust and fluff inside your computer as it interferes with cooling of the components inside the computer.
- Be careful using any free data recovery software from the internet. Some may be good, but remember that like viruses, there are people out there who want to destroy your data. If you are trying the software on a SD card, move the slider to the lock position to prevent the software from writing to your drive.
- Before trying the free recovery software from the internet, do a virus scan and then try it out on a SD card in locked mode first. If the results are not positive, do not try it on your other storage media.
- If free recovery software is any good, it would not be free and you should rather avoid using it. When the instructions that come with the software instructs you to change security settings, do not use it.
- Using software alone to recover your data would usually result in marginal success and will not work on disks with physical errors and certain logical errors.
- Ensure your antivirus signature is up to date to prevent data loss from viruses.
- We are unlucky enough to live in a place where one cannot rely on power from the grid, so make use of a UPS. A power failure can cause electronic and disk failure especially when the head assembly is not in the park position. Damage to SSD’s can also be prevented by using a UPS as they are also susceptible to damage caused by power spikes and surges.
- Backup your disks regularly on different equipment, a restore is much cheaper than Data Recovery and it is faster and more complete as well.
Some advice for mobile users:
Cell phones and Tabs come with a certain amount of on-board flash memory and if something goes wrong, it is a specialist’s job to recover your files and photos because we just do not backup our data. There are many excuses, but in the end we blame someone else for the loss of data.
- Almost every mobile device has a slot for extended memory in the form of micro SD cards – get one.
- Use the SD card as the default location to save your photos, music and other data.
- Copy/backup your contacts to the SD card on a regular basis so that you can have a backup.
- Apply for a Gmail and Google Drive account, it is free.
- Some phones allow you to synchronize your contacts to your Google account which is very handy. Every-time you create a contact, most phones will give you the option to synchronize your contacts and in this way you always have an updated copy of your contacts.
- Seeing that you get 15 GB free data, you can copy your files/photos to your Google Drive as well. The added advantage is that you can share files with the people you choose in read-only mode, or you can create directories to allow people you chose to add or update photos and other files.
- The advantage of the Google account is that you can access it from anywhere in the world and from your computer, cell or tab. Just be careful; you can use all your data in no-time, so you have to prioritize what you want to move/copy to your Google Drive.
- On the other hand, if you have an internet connection at home, then you could configure your mobile equipment to connect to your router at home using wireless access and then you can go crazy.
Backup, synchronize and sharing photos and files is what it is all about and it is really easy and convenient.
Do you have AVG installed on your cell or tab? AVG is more than an antivirus package. You can configure it to allow you to wipe all the data from your phone if it is stolen and it even allows you to take photos of the person who took your cell or tab. Visit their website and learn about all the great features that they offer.