Hard drives have become an essential part of our lives. The reason being, they are used as data storage device in laptops and desktops that you use on an everyday basis. As it stores data ranging from system files, application data and other user information, so Hard Disk Life matters a lot. The more the life of your hard disk the longer you can store these data safe and secure. Having a backup is an alternate, but as you backup all your data, increase its lifespan becomes a focal point.
Extending Your Hard Disk Life
Here are some steps that can help you to maximize the hard disk life on your computer:
- Use ‘chkdsk’ command – After a certain period of use, your hard drive will inevitably have errors such as partition table, hardware or software issues. This consequently leads to decrease the hard disk life. However, with the ‘chkdsk’ command on your Windows PC, you can fix such issues. Also, this command removes other faults of your hard disk such as bad sectors, cross-linked files, errors in directories and lost clusters. To get the best out of this method, you should use it at the time computer boots up. This can be done by typing in chkdsk X, where ‘X’ is the drive that the user wants to check. This command will inform you that the drive has been locked and will seek your permission to run chkdsk at the next boot process. To allow, you will have to click on ‘Y’.
- Perform Defragmentation – With time, your hard drive gets fragmented with data causing it to work slower, harder, and become less proficient. This deteriorates the health of your hard disk. Thus, it becomes necessary for you to defragment your hard drive in the right way so as to improve the health. This will help maintain your hard drive in the best possible state and increase the life expectancy of your hard drive. The reason being, with this the data gets stored in a more compact way that causes less movement of the read head and hence reduces wear and tear in your hard disk. To do so, you can set your system to defragment the hard drive automatically, either once in every week or every month.
- Avoid overheat and protect from dust – Both overheating and exposure to dust can cause your hard disk to malfunction, subsequently leading to reduce hard disk life. Therefore, you should adopt ways to prevent overheating and reduce exposure to dust. To deal with the overheating issue, you can go for cooling techniques or avoid over and prolonged use of your hard disk that leads to overheating. To address the dust issue, either you should protect your hard disk from it or regularly clean it by removing the dust particles accumulated on it.
- ‘Ground’ your system properly – The static electricity is one of the primary reasons of corruption in your hard disk. Therefore, to prevent your hard drive from the damaging effects of the static electricity, you should have a solution to counteract static electricity. Well, this can be done by grounding your system in the right way.
- Use of surge protectors – Power outage can prove to be extremely damaging for the hard disk in your system. Therefore, you should use surge protectors that work as a shield by diverting the excess voltage through the ground channel available in your system, and ultimately protects your hard disk and the data within it.
- Regularly monitor your hard drive – You should practice regular monitoring of your hard disk to check its health and performance. To do so, you can use one or the other programs that can monitor the critical details of your hard disk drive. The parameters based on which you should monitor your hard disk are free space, core temperature, etc. From the vast number of programs that are available, you can use the ‘Acronis drive monitor.’
- Install OS and other data separately – Installing your Operating System directories and other user data on different hard drive partitions ensure that the drive in which the OS is stored undergoes less of read and write. This improves the performance and health of your hard disk that, in turn, extends hard disk life.
- Remove the temporary files – Windows OS creates several temporary files even during a normal operation. Although you try to eliminate those files using Windows built-in tools and clean the hard disk, some of them such as file fragments, memory dumps, browser cache, cookies, log files, Recycle Bin stay back and keep adding. In such cases, you should third-party disk cleaners to remove the accumulated temporary files. For e.g., CCleaner, FCleaner, Comodo System Cleaner, etc.
- Remove duplicate files from your hard disk – Delete the duplicate files that exist on your hard drive, as this ultimately deteriorates its performance and health. To do so, you can use Duplicate file remover utility. There exist some tools that find and removes them. For e.g. Duplicate Cleaner that can identify duplicate files with the same content but different file names.
All the methods mentioned above are extremely helpful in improving the performance and health of your hard disk. Therefore, adopt them to enhance the life of your hard drive. You can either accomplish them on your own or avail Stellar Data Recovery services. You can reach out to your nearest Stellar Data Recovery branch for assistance. They are well adept in handling your affected hard drive. With a team of highly skilled professionals who treat your device at its state-of-the-art Class 100 Clean Room facility, your hard disk is in safe hands!