The hard drive for a desktop or laptop computer is in many ways the core component of a system that makes all the other processes within a computer possible. When a hard drive fails, or is not working properly, then your system can have serious problems that will severely limit the performance and operations of your computer. In fact, if a hard drive fails, then your PC probably won’t even boot up. A relatively large percentage of computer users are really only familiar with their hard drive because it controls how much storage capacity is available. Besides perhaps checking the amount of storage space still available most users do not run or check maintenance issues on their hard drive or they do not do it often enough. While it is a good idea to be proactive and ensure you run various types of maintenance on your hard drive, you also must be careful in what you do and how you do it. Because the hard drive is such a vital component, if you make a mistake it could be fatal for your system. If you damage your drive it is not the same as accidently deleting files that can many times be recovered relatively easily.
Damage to a hard drive can be irreversible and wipe out other important system components as well. There is no question hard drive backup and recovery service or software is important, however, you should also properly maintain your hard drive in order to avoid having to use backup and recovery capabilities.
There are several different maintenance processes that need to be utilized on a regular basis in order to keep your hard drive performing at optimum levels. Not only will this help avoid HDD failures, it will also extend the life of a drive and improve performance.
Defragging your disk is normally a relatively easy process and can be completed using several different types of available software. When a hard drive writes and stores information it places data into blocks of information. As you add more data and even remove installed programs, data starts to become spread over several blocks that are not in line with one another. This can cause errors in software and will slow down your computer performance over time. Defragging your disk will reorganize all the data on your disk in a logical fashion and allow your system to locate and read data more efficiently.
Defragmenting software comes in many different forms. Some software is offered by computer manufacturers, there are defragging programs offered by third-parties and defragging software may also be included within another system maintenance program as part of a package or suite of maintenance programs. It is important to use a program that is compatible with your operating system, the manufacturer of your PC and the make/model of your hard drive.
Additionally, defragmenting programs offer a whole range of features and many of the programs will include other useful system troubleshooting and maintenance programs. However, make sure you do your research and know exactly what you are doing. Making a mistake and using the wrong program or wrong function can have fatal consequences.
Disk cleanup programs also comein many different flavors and can be a helpful tool to keep your drive free of old bits of files that are left behind by programs that have been uninstalled. A disk cleanup program will remove all the unnecessary, broken and useless files and partial files that are sitting on a disk. The small bits of files serve no purpose, they are simply left over junk files that can slow down your system and take up valuable storage space.
Hard drive diagnostic tools run scans on your disk to measure performance and the effectiveness of your drive at reading and writing data. A good diagnostic tool will tell you if you have corrupt or bad sectors on a disk that need to be repaired or if the disk is too corrupt it may need to be replaced. Running a diagnostic tool on a regular basis will keep you informed about the current state of your drive and allow you to take action before the drive simply just dies one day and your computer stops functioning. Some diagnostic tools will only scan your drive and tell you if there are errors, but do not have the capability to make repairs. There are other more advanced programs that will scan your disk to find errors and then also run a repair process that can sometimes fix corrupt or bad sectors. The effectiveness of the tools that also offer repair functions varies quite a bit from one tool to the next.
If you are thinking about using one of these tools, it is very important to do your research and make sure the software is compatible with your drive. Additionally, these programs can wipe out an entire drive if you have the settings wrong, so it is important you are 100% sure about what you are about to do before you do it.
The software and maintenance processes discussed above will help keep your machine in top condition and hopefully eliminate the need for hard drive backup and recovery service. Obviously, even if you religiously maintain your PC you should also have a backup system, just in case. However, proper maintenance will keep you from having to spend money on replacing parts and extend the life of your computer. If you are not sure how to maintain a hard drive, please contact us and let our professional team of remote computer technicians help you. Our remote PC support service is designed for individual computer users just like you and is quick as well as very affordable.