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Corrupt Data Prevention

Data corruption is a lot less common than it used to be. Because of the advanced nature of NTFS, which was a huge step up from the old school FAT and FAT32 file systems, your data system does actually protect your data as you use it. But preventing this issue is something that everyone never really thinks about until they find that their files are missing, or even worse, unusable. Let's look at some things you can do.

Even though data does include not only files, but operating system and program files, we're going to leave out the latter things for now. Let's face it, if you have corrupt data problems with your programs, it's very likely that you can just reinstall the programs. This is usually not a problem. It takes a few minutes, but again isn't that much of a disruption.

Specific File Issues

Naturally, most people come to Hard Drive Recovery Group with an issue with a "specific data file". This is usually a document, audio or video file. Having individual files damaged is pretty common, and the causes can range from everything from a power surge to an actual drive failure. (If you suspect drive failure, read more here)

The best way to avoid individual files being corrupted is to maintain your hard drive. This means defragmenting. It means doing an error check on the hard drive now and again. These are your best bets, prevention wise.

Save, Save, Save

If you're working on a large file, such as a big accounting file, a thesis or large document, why not save it in multiple locations? A good tip is to save it with a specific date in the title of the file: i.e. my-document-feb10-2012.doc. That way, if a large file does become corrupted, it won't TOTALLY be lost.

Backing Up Is Always A Winning Bet

Is there a reason why you haven't purchased an external hard drive yet? It shouldn't be because of cost. Nowadays, you can buy a 1TB backup drive, with easy USB connection for less than $100. Now that's cheap. This isn't the 1990s anymore, where megabytes were ridiculously priced.

What's more, backup drives will typically come with free backup software that practically does the job for you! So if you don't have a good backup drive working for you, go get one now!

Prepare Yourself For The Worst

Because the DVD is on its way out as a format, many laptop manufacturers no longer include a "recovery DVD" with their new PCs. What this means is that you have to create one. This is relatively easy to do (depending on the manufacturer, of course), and not only backs up major operating system files (which you'll need to restore your computer), but also your files. There are also good programs by companies like Acronis that do the same thing, albeit giving you better choices (so you can clone your drive and backup that clone for easy restoration.

Ask yourself: have I made my restoration disks yet?

Get Anti-Virus, NOW!

Here's the funny thing: you no longer have to pay for anti-virus software. You can thank your friends at Microsoft, and their Security Essentials product for that.

This thing is free, and lightweight, and basically one of the best antivirus software products out there, written by the same people that wrote your operating system (with apologies to Apple people, of course).

There is no longer an excuse for not having a good antivirus program, and it can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

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