Memory storage devices are one of the most essential elements of a computer system. They are used for storing and archiving data. With the advancements in technology, memory storage devices continue to develop. While they continue to evolve however, data storage devices remain fragile and there is still no guarantee that your stored data is 100% safe. There is still the possibility of memory loss or memory storage decay. Most of the time memory storage device failures can be prevented but the possibility of recovering data or keeping the storage system safe depends on the user's precautionary measures.
- Run your antivirus software routinely, especially if you are frequently connected to the Internet to download files. Bugs or viruses can easily corrupt your memory data and other components of the computer through e-mail attachments, downloads you process online or USB portable memory storage you plug and use in your computer. Take note that computer viruses continue to evolve with technology. Hence it is important to be updated with the most recent versions of your antivirus software to keep your computer protected.
- Regardless of the capacity storage of your computer, always remember to back up your files or data after ensuring your computer is free from any bugs. Unless your valuable files are stored separately in a secure location, you can never be too complacent. You may spill water or a beverage on your flash drive or CD, your CD gets badly scratched or broken after falling… accidents can happen anytime and before you know it, the irreversible damage has already happened.
- Keep your memory storage systems clean, including ports and disk drives. The computer can collect a lot of dust, and dirt may deter the air from cooling the hard drive or the memory disk and all internal elements properly. Take your computer outside and on a clean dry surface. Use a mini vacuum or canned air to remove dust and debris. Contamination can enhance mechanical wear and cause irretrievable damage to your memory storage device. For CDs and DVDs that you need to clean, use a soft cloth and apply light and gentle strokes when wiping. Be careful not to scratch the mirror side of the CD as scratches can practically lose your data.
- Ensure proper cooling airflow control as your storage systems may suffer from thermal decay. Your computer system produces considerable amounts of heat when it is running thus it is important to keep your storage system cool to keep it within safe operating temperature and function normally.
- Avoid shock or strong vibration and impact on your memory storage device. Also ensure that your magnetic storage should steer clear of magnets or strong magnetic fields and avoid electro-static discharge while you install drives.
Even with proper handling of your memory storage, you may still encounter problems due to manufacturing defects. CDs, DVDs, memory cards, USB flash disks or pen drives may become faulty upon purchase, otherwise it depends on how you take care of your memory storage system to make it last and keep your data protected.