The days are long gone when people had to store their photos in a leather tome mouldering away under sticky plastic sheeting, or keep their unpublished memoirs on cellophane collecting, locked away in the bottom desk draw.
No, now all this glorious information lives in the digital realm where it’s stored on computer hard drives, USB sticks, smartphones, SD cards or the cloud, if you’re lucky. While it’s now a lot more convenient to lug all your precious information around with you, like a 21st century hobo pushing around an overburden online shopping trolley, it is also a lot less tangible.
Whereas once you only had to worry about fire, flood and earthquake destroying your John Grisham library or Neil Diamond back catalogue, now you also have to worry about it, (through only minimal fault of your own) collapsing into a pile of incomprehensible 1’s and 0’s, that you personally can’t put back together, no matter how good you are at jigsaws or the jumble.
That just won’t do, so here are 5 top tips to keep your data safe so you won’t have to worry about data recovery.
Sure you can stick a USB, SD card or Smartphone into your computer without asking politely or even offering a smile, but unfortunately you can’t pull it out without making up for your original trespasses in triplicate. So click on your green device manager icon in the bottom right of the taskbar and ask your computer kindly to eject it.
Okay so this one is kind of obvious, but have you done it? Probably not and think how much easier it is to make a copy of your screenplay nowadays, no hanging out at the local library for 5 hours making photocopies while another patron slowly gets more and more annoyed as they wait behind you to photocopy just one page.
When you’re out driving the streets late at night, you wouldn’t let just anyone into your car, lest they be even more ill adjusted than yourself. This is also true when you’re driving your computer around the internet, don’t immediately let that creepy toolbar on board, or it’s virus cohorts masquerading as sexy malware. Only download from trusted sources, and if you’re not sure don’t download it, or you could wake up to find your computer in a bath tub with jagged hole in its back panel where your data used to be.
Being drawn and quartered was once a gruesome punishment for treason, yet it’s what happens to your data every time there is a challenge to your computers governing operating system, and most of the time your data is just a patsy being framed by the RAM. What this means is when you use your data it sometimes gets cut up into fragments and stored on different areas of your hard drive, meaning your computer has to work extra hard to access it for you, which can lead to it malfunction or corrupt your data. To stop this you should perform regular operations called defragmenting.
Finally never, never ever drink water while holding your device in front of your face, because if your friend tells you some shocking news you won’t be able to stop yourself from expelling a mouthful of water and saliva onto your device in order to show sufficient socially acceptable levels of shock. Dehydration is both character building and safe data practice.
If all those tips are too late and you’ve lost data, fortunately for you there are data recovery services, using special equipment and highly trained individuals. So whether it’s a hard drive, an SD card, a USB stick or a smartphone your data can be recovered by SuperGeek, check it out here.