Keeping Your Computer Secure

We all have crucial data on our hard drive that would be horrible to lose. Be it work documents, financial records or media collections, a lot of our valuable time goes into data creation every day. It is a good idea to have a regular backup system installed on all your computers, saving on complex hard drive recovery procedures if your hard disk was to ever fail. We’ve put together some straight forward tips to assist you in putting together a backup solution that works for your business or computer setup.

Use Partitions to Virtually Segment Your Hard Disk

Establishing a partition schema is the simplest way to backup and protect your data from malicious software or corrupt systems. When combined with external backups, partitions provide an extra level of data security and ease hard disk data recovery. Fundamentally, a partition is a virtual, sealed-off space on a single hard disk. There can be many different partitions on the one disk, all with different data and formats. From your operating system’s perspective, a partition acts as an entirely separate hard disk despite it being on the same physical media.

If you use a Microsoft Windows computer, it is advisable to separate your operating system data and your personal files. By creating a standalone partition for your documents you protect them from corruption within the operating system and any virus that may go through and delete system files. There are a range of free partitioning and hard drive recovery tools available for Microsoft Windows, such as Symantec’s PartitionMagic.

Reduce Data Loss with Regular External Backups

Backing up your important data to a DVD, CD, or Hard Drive external to your computer is a popular way to ensure you always retain your files regardless of what happens to your computer. External backups can help when your computer or hard disk is physically damaged, lost or stolen. External backup solutions can minimise the need for hard disk recovery. Fortunately, Windows 7 and Max OS X both provide good automatic backup tools out of the box. You can use these systems to backup your documents and (optionally) system files to an external hard drive or DVD. With the prices of external hard drives dropping, they’re becoming a more attractive option to streamline a backup system.

For extra data security, cloning your hard drive on a regular basis allows for easier system restoration and can supplement other hard drive data recovery methods to get your system up and running exactly as it was before the crash.

Backup to the Cloud to add Extra Versatility

Cloud storage services have made a big entrance into the technology market over the past couple of years. Personal backup services like Dropbox, and enterprise solutions such as the Amazon Web Services (AWS) mean backing up data to remote data centres can be easily integrated into any workflow. Cloud backups add the extra security of data redundancy, where your data is stored simultaneously across multiple locations, often in different countries. Your online data is protected from damage to physical premises, and with data redundancy remain backed up even in the event the provider loses a data centre.

All of these solutions are a great way to ensure your important data is safe from damage and technical failures. However, there are cases where a backup simply isn’t recent enough, so often hard disk recovery services are a good way to restore important data to the moment it was lost. Contact Ontrack for an overview of our hard drive data recovery services.