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Increase The Life Of Your Hard Drive

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We depend on computers for everything nowadays. They keep a story of our lives. Our pictures, our videos, our contacts, our schedules. Now just imagine if all of that went away. Imagine if you turned on your computer and you get nothing. Everything is gone. In this video, I am going to show you some steps on how to reduce that risk... The first step to take into account is to prepare for the worst, which means backing up your data. Here are some pros and cons of how to do that. The first option is through CD's or DVD's. These are cheap, they have decent read/write speeds and they can store up to 50 gigabytes on Blu-ray. The cons is that they are easy to damage and they also have poor burn accuracy the faster you burn them. The next option is through flash drives. These are durable and portable. They have fast read/write times, but the cons is that they have small storage size and the larger storage size you want, the more expensive they are going to be. The next option is through hard drives. These are the most popular. They have large storage sizes, fast read/write times and they also have RAID options available. But the cons is that they are very fragile and they can wear down pretty easily over time. The last option is a mix between hard drives and flash drives. They are solid state drives. They have fast read/write times, durable, and not likely to wear down over time. Yet, they are expensive and they do not have large storage sizes available yet. To defragment your hard drive means you are taking fragments of data and putting them in one easy to access place on your hard drive. How does this help your hard drives performance? I will show you. This represents a deframented hard drive where all the data is in one space. It is easy to retrieve. On a fragmented hard drive, the data is spread out so the hard drive has to do a lot more work to retrieve all of it. To run a defragmentation on your hard drive, just go to start, go to accessories, then go to system tools and there should be a disk defragmentor option. It looks different in Vista than XP, but both of them allow you to set the defragmentor on a schedule, or go ahead and defragment your hard disk if it needs it. The third step to take into account is monitoring your hard drives health. The best way to do this is with software, and there are some free options available out there. Just do a Google search for "hddhealth", and it should bring up a result that goes to and at the bottom of their page, you should see a link to their free HDD Health application. Then you can just download it and install it and it should automatically run. What it is going to do is tell you the approximate health and temperature of your hard drive so that you can kind of keep an eye on what is going on with it. As you can see, mine is a little bit high in the temperature range, 49 degrees Celsius. It also gives you information about the partition space on your hard drive and your system itself. What you can do with this information is go to File and Options and have it alert you if this information gets too critical. That way you can keep an eye on the status of your hard drive and your partition space and if it starts getting out of hand. Another cool application that you can either run instead of this or along with this, is at "" and it is another free application that you can download so just download and save it to your computer. It will save a zip file. What you want to do is just extract everything that is in that zip file and you will find an "hddscan.exe" application Just double click on that to run it and this is what the program is going to look like. What you can do is click on the "S.M.A.R.T." button and it is going to give you a breakdown that you can either save to a file or print. It gives you all the information on your hard drive and as you can see it has little exclamation points about the temperature. You can save this and benchmark your hard drive status. The best way to make sure your computer is running cool is by making sure that it stays clean. Now this means getting rid of any obstructions that may be in the fans or getting rid of any "dust bunnies" that may be lurking around. There are a couple different ways to do this. Most people seem to prefer using a can of compressed air. Basically, what you want to do with this is spray it inside the computer fans and computer grills and getting rid of any obstructions that might be hindering performance and hindering the computer from keeping itself cool. The only problem with using a can of compressed air is that it tends to disperse the dust as opposed to completely getting rid of it. So a method I prefer is using a regular vacuum cleaner extension, like this and just getting rid of all the dust and dust particles and dust bunnies in one fell swoop. This is probably the bet method to go when cleaning out your computer. There are several different ways of increasing the life of your hard drive, some of which I did not even touch on, so if you have any comments or extra tips, feel free to leave those at the forum.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 45 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 275
Posted by: tinkernut on Feb 26, 2009

With all that we do on computers now-a-days, it is important to make sure we take care of them so that our data remains safe. This video covers the measures that you can take to increase the life of your computer's hard drive.

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