Computer storage devices comprise flash drives, memory cards and hard drives. If you’re a regular computer user, you must have encountered a bad experience with one or more of computer storage devices. It could have been that information in it got corrupted, or just wasn’t there anymore. Here are a few tips on how to take care of storage devices so that they don’t disappoint you in those moments when you need them the most.
1. Do not place them in extremely hot or cold places. These storage devices are made up of delicate components that can be damaged by extreme weather conditions. It also follows that you should not place on another device that is likely to emit a lot of heat or cold. This could lead to data damage.
2. If you lent someone your clippers or nail cutter (though not advisable), would you use it again without ensuring to sterilize it? Definitely Yes. In the same vein, when you allow others to use your storage devices, ensure to scan it with the latest antivirus before plugging into your system, or copying any valuable information into it. This is detect any virus or malware that it might have been infected with.
3. Take the ‘Eject’ option serious. Its not there for the fun of it. Before you remove any external storage device, ensure to click ‘Eject’. This is to ensure that if there is any program running from the device, it is not interrupted midway. Removing it straight away without following this step could lead to data loss and possibly, damage the storage device.
4. Bad things still happen to the best of us. With this in mind, it is always wise to have a backup of your backup. For this, we recommend cloud storage. From Google Drive, to One Drive and Dropbox, most cloud storage systems give as much as 15GB free, and you only need an email address to access them, with no risk whatsoever of data loss and zero physical space.