Protect yourself from Data Loss
- Use Anti-Virus software and update it often.
- Check all diskettes for viruses.
- Check all software downloaded from the Internet for viruses.
- Keep your computer(s) in a clean, dust free & moisture free environment.
- Do not use any hard disk , tape or any other media that has been exposed to heat, moisture or dust.
- Do not move/drop/push/nudge your computer especially if it is in operation.
- Always use a reputed UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) for your computer.
- If the drive seems damaged — DON’T use it. You’ll only damage or destroy your data. Call qualified Data Recovery personnel.
- If you hear unusual noises from your computer, turn it off immediately.
- Be extremely careful when using repair & diagnostic utilities – they can do more damage than good. Always use the UNDO disk option
- BACKUP, BACKUP & BACKUP often.
- Carry out regular checks on your backups to ensure data integrity
Saving onto a Floppy Disk is NOT a safe way to store data.
You may feel secure in holding a physical disk in your hands but Floppies are inexpensive and mass-produced, therefore being much less reliable than Hard Drives.
Data kept on a disk can simply “go bad” over time, because the film where information in stored is not sturdy. Spills, crumbs, dust, and temperature differences that a hard drive inside a computer is protected from easily affect floppies. They also suffer from persistent wear and tear, leading to Physical errors.
Floppy Disks are also a lot slower reading and writing to and from the Disk than a Hard Drive, therefore being a much less efficient way to back up than other methods.