6 Bad Computing Habits That Can Cause Data Loss

Human error or carelessness is a common cause of hard drive failure leading to data loss. In order to ensure that you don’t inadvertently damage your computer or laptop while using it, you need to get rid of the following bad computing habits.

Two of the biggest causes of data loss are hardware failure and human error, and many time’s the reason behind hardware failure is human error.

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Human error or carelessness can often damage a hard drive or storage device causing files and folders to become inaccessible.  In order to avoid this, you should avoid the following bad computing habits.

1. Placing Your Computer on Unstable Surfaces

The mobility that today’s laptops and tablets provide are a definite bonus for today’s workers. The sleek and lightweight designs make it easy and more convenient to work almost everywhere – and that makes people think that they can place them anywhere.

The surest way to damage your hard drive is for your computer or laptop to suffer a fall onto a heavy surface.

2. Drinking while working

Note that we’re not talking alcohol; we’re talking any liquid that can spill over and damage your device. It might help you work better if you have a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of water within easy reach but it can be a dangerous habit to have.

Computers and laptops are not water proof, neither are storage devices such as flash drives or external hard drives. You want to minimize the risk of spills around your devices so this means that you either need to stop drinking while working or make sure that you place your beverages in covered tumblers.

3. Not cleaning your computer

Dust buildup can be a serious problem with your computer so you should use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the outer surfaces of your computer at least once a week. If you don’t regularly clean your computer dust and dirt can get inside and affect the working of your computer.

One major reason you need to keep your computer clean and dust-free is that dust can clog up your computer’s fan vents. This could affect your computer’s ability to keep itself cool and cause overheating which can damage the hard drive and cause data loss.

4. Not using a power surge protector

Unexpected power surges – such as during a power outage – can place stress on your computer and damage the hard drive, leading to data loss.

5.  Having a cluttered work area

Computers and laptops are prone to overheating, so you need to make sure that there is space for air to flow around it. Keep about three inches of free space around the sides of your computer and make sure nothing is blocking the fan vents. This is also why you shouldn’t work in bed, placing your laptop on a soft surface could end up blocking the fan vents and your device overheating.

6. Not regularly backing up your hard drive

No matter how careful you are, accidents happen and it’s better to assume that you could suffer data loss and prepare to deal with it ahead of time. Try installing DataNumen Disk Image, which can clone and restore your files or DataNumen Backup which backs up your important data and files so you can restore them if needed.

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