Extreme weather, like earthquakes, overheats and hurricanes, etc., can destroy our data easily. But you can also make adequate and effective precautions to avoid the damages by following the proposals in this article.
When it comes to extreme weather, someone may feel despairing in that no one can boast capacity to fight against Mother Nature. But although we cannot defeat or predict when a storm or other disasters will strike, we still need to make some simple and effective precautions, which can protect our data in a crisis. You can refer to the following suggestions.
1. Keep More Than One Data Backup Offsite
There is no denying that the best way to prevent data from extreme weather is to isolate the data from extreme weather. Now that we can’t be certain about when and where disaster may occur, the best way is to keep copies of our data offsite. In other words, we should make several backups and then put them in separate and different places. In this case, even if disasters occur to the data onsite, offsite data backups can still be available and accessible. For example, we can back up our PST files on the cloud. If our local data backups are damaged, we can recover PST files from the cloud as well.
2. Combat against Rising Temperature in Summer
The rising temperatures in summer must be the most annoying factor to our data. Overheat is able to jeopardize various data storage media. For instance, if a hard drive fails, so does the inner data. Thus so as to combat against the rising temperatures, no matter for common computer users or for businesses, they should ensure that their data storage devices are placed in a cool and dry location. In this scenario, it’s believed that sufficient air conditioning can help you address the high heat with ease.
3. Fight against Power Failures in Thunderstorms/Lightning
In summer, apart from overheats, thunderstorms and lightning will happen more frequently. It means that the power will become instable. Various power failures can occur to your data, including power surges, power outages and blackouts, etc. You must understand how extreme damage can power failures make to data. So you ought to remain prepared. To defeat power surges, you can position a surge protector between the power source and the equipment. As for power outages or blackouts, you can purchase an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS), which can continue to supply a certain amount of power even in case of power outages.
4. Maintain All Protection Equipment Regularly
According to the above 3 tricks, you would be required to keep several protection equipment in hand, including offsite data backup device, cooling systems, surge protector, uninterruptable power supply and so on. In reality, you should not rest easy even though with all the protection equipment. You still can be subject to data disaster if the equipment malfunctions. Therefore, you are better off make a schedule to check and maintain them on a periodical basis. In general, it is a proposal to take a checkup every 6 months.
5. Deal with Damaged Data Storage Media
When extreme weather damages your data storage media, you shouldn’t attempt to open and repair it by yourself. For example, if flood damaged an external hard drive, someone may tend to open or dry it by artificial means. Actually it is totally a wrong action. Both opening and repairing the storage media demand a lot of special and strict conditions, such as experience, tailor-made tools as well as a clean room within proper air pressure and humidity. Thus don’t take a chance by yourself. It is time to ask for professional supports.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com