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Data Recovery Glasgow

Nowadays, with increased storage capacity available to everyone, data is being stored at an alarming rate. Even the average computer user has more than 1TB (terabyte) of data if they like to store home movies or family photos, like the average person does.

When this precious data is lost, it is nice to know what could have caused it and maybe next time we can avoid this problem.

1. Hardware Failure

Of course this cause for data loss is a nightmare as you have no control over it. For example if your hard drive fails from the internal ball bearings being worn out, you cannot help this. A hard drive is a mere mechanical device that has working parts. This means that things can go wrong.

2. Human error

Hey, we are all human after all and many of us delete files accidentally. In fact humans do a lot of stupid things that can cause data loss. You might spill a drink on your computer and blow up the whole thing, or maybe you might think you have saved files, when actually you haven’t.

3. Software corruption or problem

When a computer user installs software and then restarts the computer, something goes wrong, and your Windows will not start at all. You know you have done something to cause an error. The problem here is that people don’t know how to get out of this situation and prevent data loss. They actually try so many troubleshooting tasks that it sends the computer into a more serious error.

4. Computer viruses

Computer viruses can be vicious and destroy your files very quickly. They can cause data loss and sometimes, if you’re lucky, access to your files. If you have only lost access to your files then maybe you haven’t actually lost your data yet. But if the virus has infected your files, your data may be now useless and corrupted.

5. Disaster

Unfortunately we have no control over a disaster that might happen to your computer. This cannot be blamed on anyone in particular, but it is devastating to experience this data loss nevertheless.

Water damage may be repairable in some cases, as long as the computer was not operating at the time. Many computer professionals remove dust from computers by hosing the entire system out with water. Obviously there is no power connected to the computer, and when dried out correctly, the computer works as it did before.

I still recommend hiring a professional to recover your data, as sometimes it is too precious to lose.

How to Prevent Data Loss

Some things we just have no control over, so therefore we cannot prevent data loss. But we can prepare for data loss by implementing a backup data and recovery plan. You can also maintain your computer carefully and keep it running smoothly.

8 Ways to break your computer

How To Break Your Computer

1. Leave it alone for five minutes with your young children.

You think you know what every dial on the monitor does. But when you sit down at the computer after the child leaves, suddenly the screen is yellow, wavy and filled with polka dots. The keys on the keyboard no longer work and the printer is spitting out gibberish. Try to set aside a computer just for the kids.

2.Flash the BIOS.

We get a lot of questions about BIOS upgrades gone bad. A BIOS upgrade going bad is akin to a brain transplant going bad. While it may sometimes be necessary to update the BIOS, usually you will gain no extra functionality by flashing it.

3.Just start deleting stuff.

We also get a lot of questions from people complaining their computer is no longer booting. When asked if there were any recent changes to the system, we’ll occasionally hear something like “that program explorer.exe was taking up a lot of space so I deleted it.” Only remove programs via the Add / Remove Programs area of the Control Panel or the uninstaller that comes with the program.

4.Open Email Attachments.

Opening attachments-even from people you know-can be catastrophic. Worms will use Email attachments to propagate. They use your Email to send itself to everyone in your address book. So it may appear the Email is coming from Sister Susie, when in fact it is a virus. If you receive an attachment from a relative, call and ask them before you open it. At the very least, invest in a commercial-grade antivirus that scans incoming and outgoing Emails.

5.Move your computer from one side of the room to another.

Seems like a safe thing to do, right? Wrong. While we have discovered no real explanation why this happens, dozens of forum members have written to say that all they did was move the PC from the bedroom to the living room and then it no longer works. Even when taking said computer back to the bedroom it still doesn’t work.

6.Replace a bad 350 WT power supply with a known good 150 WT power supply.

Enough said.

7.Download Freeware.

Not all Freeware is bad. But unless you get it from a reliable source, it’s not a good idea to put it on your PC. It’s bad getting spyware and viruses. But when you actually download and install the virus yourself, well that just makes it hurt more.

8.Hit it.

Despite how good it makes you feel, it’s not a great idea to smack your computer when it crashes or takes too long to execute a task. Computers just don’t understand tough love-it’s a binary thing.