Unsure of how to care for an External Hard Drive ?
At IT Care & Repair we obtain more jobs than we would like from customers desperately requiring data recovery from their non-functioning external hard drive. So many people believe that simply connecting and backing up on a portable hard drive is the complete solution to the safe storage.
Although this will work in most instances, their are many ways to maintain your external hard drive to ensure file integrity.
Position your external hard drive on clean, flat and stable surface where it will not be bumped, jostled or dropped. Choose a position for your external hard drive that is away from heaters, air conditioners, drafts or humidifiers.
Plug your external hard drive into a surge protector to protect it from damage caused by voltage spikes.
Keep your external hard drive stationary whenever it is powered on. Avoid moving your external hard drive while it is in use as this can result in damage.
Dust the surface of your external hard drive periodically with a soft optical cloth. Spray the openings of your device with canned air to remove any dust stuck in the crevices.
Set up a small fan near your external hard drive, if necessary, to keep the device cool.
- Back up your files on disks or a USB flash drive to ensure that they will not be lost in the event that your external hard drive is accidentally damaged or destroyed.
- Avoid storing your external hard drive in an enclosed cabinet as this may cause your device to overheat.