Technology is a great thing that makes keeping track of your inventory, analytical charts, employee benefits and client base easy. It does, however, come with risks. While you may think that your computer has an infinitive shelf life, the average usage time is between 3 to 5 years. In a business where you depend on all its functions daily, one hard drive failure can send you into panic mode. The good news is that there are companies who specialize in secure data recovery, making it less of an existential inconvenience than in previous years.
How does a hard drive fail
There are many reasons that a hard drive can and will fail. The first is age. As previously discussed, computers do have a limited shelf life. Regular maintenance, especially for business will help to increase the operating time, but it won’t eliminate the need for replacements in the future. Improper ventilation, water, heat and shock caused by an accidental drop or bang can also decrease the longevity of your computer. Then there’s human error where a file is accidentally deleted, malware infections and corrupt files. Any one of these or a combination can reduce the functioning time or cause a crash.
Educating your staff
Many people still don’t understand how computers work. They simply know how to turn them on and how to access various programs. This is fine since not everyone is expected to become a technician. However, if you train your staff about computer basics and the signs that a crash may occur, it will help to limit the damage to the operating system and increase your chances for a full recovery.
A blue screen is obvious. Most anyone operating a computer who gets a blue screen knows it’s not good. But there are many other warning signs before that fatal message that can prevent your computers from getting to that level. Disappearing data – you know where you put something somewhere and now you’re playing a hide and seek game as to where it went. Or, slow, sluggish, waste of your time start-ups where it seems like it’s taking forever to get to where you need to be. And last, but certainly not least, strange, awful noises like screeches, grinding and sometimes clicking sounds, yep that’s your hard drive.
With a bit of education, you can keep the possible damage limited to one computer. That’s important when you’re operating a business and down time is your enemy.
In the 1990’s, your business pretty much relied on computers and was stationary. Since that time mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones have allowed you to work from home, on a train, bus and out of the country. While this is wonderful and opens the doors to so many opportunities you never had before, it also means you have more to invest in. Every device now is a liability. If the stored information falters and the operating system fails then your trip can take a turn for the worse.
Importance of retaining the services of a professional recovery data service
Now more than ever as your company continues to flourish and everything becomes restored on varying operating systems, it’s important to spend as much time, effort and money recruiting the services of a professional recovery data service. As statistics go it’s only a matter of time, not when, your system will fail, and having the support staff in place to rectify the situation sooner rather than later will save you more than just your files.
Technology is a wonderful thing for business. It allows you to literally work from anywhere on the planet. The downside is that something can happen at any time. It’s up to you to secure your operating system and have the proper people in place should a failure occur.