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Keeping Your Data Cool and Safe

Keeping Your Data Cool and Safe

Hard drives store your data and run your computers today. Hard drive’s today is a better storage medium, but by no means, perfect. Failure of hard drives is common in all computers, with no real way of preventing it. Hard drives fail for several reasons, and the most common is overheating. Other failures include viruses, head crashes, theft, and accidental deletion.

Reason Your Hard Drive Overheats

Keeping your hard drive cool and not overheating is a common problem today. The new drives on the market today run with speeds between 5,400 and 10,000 RPM. The faster rotation speeds make the temperature inside the drive sore above 70 degrees F, which heats the drive inside. Manufactures build the drive’s to withstand the high heat. As your hard drive ages, the heat facture rises inside, causing mechanical problems and data loss. From extreme overheating drives, loose data permanently.

The drive’s platters suffer from the extreme overheating and damage the magnetic media. Optical glass, aluminum, and ceramic materials, form the hard drive platter. The finished platters receive a layer of magnetic material, coating the surface. When the drive heats up the platters begins to expand, changing their size. This destroys the magnetic surface on the platters and results in data loss. Physical damage of the platters causes the sectors to become unreadable.

Overheating damages the read and write heads, head actuator, and controller chips. Your hard drive is a sophisticated piece of hardware that can’t handle overheating. Damage to the read/write heads renders your drive useless. When the read/write heads are damaged, the actuator arm leaves small scratches on the drive’s platters. The overheating breaks the small heads and scatters pieces, which stick to the surface of the platters.

Keeping Your Hard Drive Cool And Preventing Overheating

Keep your hard drive cooled and well ventilated to prevent overheating. By adding additional fans and cooling systems improves both the ventilation and the flow of air inside your computer. Buying a cooling pad for your laptop helps prevents overheating and damage. Using additional fans inside your computer causes dust to collect inside. Regularly cleaning the dust, from the inside your computer, prevents overheating the components. Your processor fan collects dust, which needs to be cleaned regularly. Check the side panels and slots for dust that has collected, preventing air from entering.

By checking your hard drive regularly, cleaning the dust, adding fans and cooling systems helps the life of your hard drive. Invest in software that monitors the temperature of your hard drive. Check to see how fast your hard drive heats up. If your drive heats up quickly, use a fan to blow air into your computer. Immediate backup your hard drive and change it out.

By keeping your hard drive cool, reduces the problems and prevents head crashes. Cooled hard drives increase the stability of your drive and make your computer perform better. Keep your hard drive cooled and monitor regularly to prevent data loss.


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