Tech Tips: Introduction Into Disaster Recovery

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Do you have a disaster plan for your organization or personal data files?

Will you lose any business if you have a hard drive failure?

Have you made a backup copy off all those digital family photos?

Modern hard drives are much more reliable than the disks of yesterday. However, they still are extremely complex electronic devices with moving parts that are subject to
failure.

Did you know the average life span for an industry standard consumer level hard drive is 5 years? That is not to say hard drives only last five years but after 5 years it’s a gamble when the drive will fail you.

These questions should be addressed before a disaster or hard drive failure occurs.
Unfortunately, we don’t stop to think about it until it happens. In the meantime, if you back up your data files off site to a cloud service, you have the safety net of having a complete copy of your files while taking the gamble your hard drive will last another few years beyond 5. Free Consumer services exists such as Google Drive, and DropBox that have made consumer level back up services easy to deploy.

Some things to look into when managing your drives:

I. Avoid running a disc drive in very hot environments.
II. At all costs never drop a spinning hard drive. Vibration can cause one of the drive heads to collide with the platter.
III. Spinning up and stopping hard drives cause wear and tear. Think of an automobile engine starting up on a cold day with all the increase in metal to metal contact before the oil moves around the engine. Hard drives most stressful point is the spinning up and spinning down cycles.
IV.Keep the temperature around your hard drives as cool as possible.
V.Try to buy server grade hard drives for your storage when possible.
VI.For video surveillance storage buy the appropriate purple label type hard drives designed to be optimized for NVR environments.

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