Dismiss Notice
You are browsing this site as a guest. It takes 2 minutes to CREATE AN ACCOUNT and less than 1 minute to LOGIN

Hard Disks

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

    #1
    Jul 12, 2009
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Messages: 38,516
    Likes Received: 2,791
    Trophy Points: 280
    [​IMG]Hard disk is one of the most important components of your PC and losing your data on it can be a nightmare. Apart from having backup copies, this tutorial will guide you on how you can improve the life of your hard disk. A few tips can go a long way in maximizing the hard disk performance and more importantly its life.
    So let me share some of the tips now.
    Tip 1: Defragment the hard disk
    This is one of the most important tasks that you need to regularly execute on your hard disk to keep it fit and healthy. Disk fragmentation occurs over time and is unstoppable but reversible. Disk fragmentation can slow down the performance of your hard disk and it calls for more wear and tear as data has to be searched causing more strain on the heads. If is pretty easy to defragment your hard disk as here is an inbuilt defragmenter built into the Windows itself. You can access it by right clicking My Computer and then selecting Manage. In the left pane you can find the disk fragmenter option.
    [​IMG]Tip 2: Use a UPS with your PC
    Your PC components are very susceptible to voltage fluctuations and a sudden fluctuation can ruin any component of your PC. A power surge is very dangerous to the health of your hard disk and you should always use a UPS. Apart from that ensure that you use good power supply brand of appropriate wattage. Also check for any wiring faults in your house that might lead to power surges.
    Tip 3: Reduce hard disk cycles
    The more your hard disk has to work, the shorter its life span becomes. Check for unwanted process running your PC that might be making your hard disk sweat. Use indexing service judiciously and keep only selected folders under its watch as it consumes a hell load of hard disk resources. The least you can do is keep the hard disk turn off time to low so that when you are not around, your hard disk is also not working.
    Tip 4: Keep your hard disk cool
    This is a very important tip to keep for laptop owners. Due to the limited space inside the case, all the components are crammed into a laptop. This prevents the components from getting enough air supply to keep themselves cool. Monitor your hard disk temperatures closely and if needed get a laptop cooler which will help your laptop and also your hard disk cool. Desktop owners have the option of installing a hard disk cooler if their hard disk also gets hot while running.
    [​IMG]Tip 5: Monitor your hard disk and backup!
    Hard disk failures are not always all of a sudden. Due to slow and steady wear and tear over time hard disks become prone to failure. These failures can be detected before hand by using S.M.A.R.T technology inbuilt into the hard disks. Softwares such as DiskView and Stellar SMART use it to analyse the hard disk and keep it under check. Use such softwares to monitor your hard disk and potential hard disk failures.
    But the best and the safest way is to backup! Invest in a secondary hard disk, be it internal or external and maintain a backup of all your important data. A few bucks will go a long way in case of a hard disk failure.
     
  2. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

    #2
    Jul 12, 2009
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Messages: 38,516
    Likes Received: 2,791
    Trophy Points: 280
    <table class="ipbtable" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Seagate</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 19 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [42.22%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Maxtor</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 12 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [26.67%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Fujitsu</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 0 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [0.00%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">IBM</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 1 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [2.22%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Quantum</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 2 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [4.44%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Samsung</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 3 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [6.67%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Western Digital</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 7 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [15.56%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Toshiba</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 0 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [0.00%]</td> </tr><tr> <td class="post2" width="25%">Other</td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="10%"> [ 1 ] </td> <td class="post2" nowrap="nowrap" width="70%">[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [2.22%]</td></tr></tbody></table>
     
  3. Baridijr

    Baridijr Member

    #3
    Jul 12, 2009
    Joined: May 27, 2009
    Messages: 36
    Likes Received: 0
    Trophy Points: 0
    ila issue inakuja tangu chinese walipoanza kutuletea hdd mbovu ambazo wanakupa warranty siku 21, chochote ufanyacho hakisaidii mkuu ila mada nzuri inaeleweka na nimekuelewa sana
     
  4. Lambardi

    Lambardi JF-Expert Member

    #4
    Jul 12, 2009
    Joined: Feb 7, 2008
    Messages: 7,543
    Likes Received: 2,057
    Trophy Points: 280
    Asante mtimkavu....its worth it kamaHDD ni oroginal of course.....thx
     
  5. Kaa la Moto

    Kaa la Moto JF-Expert Member

    #5
    Jul 12, 2009
    Joined: Apr 24, 2008
    Messages: 7,535
    Likes Received: 74
    Trophy Points: 145
    Asante kwa somo hili hasa kwa sisi tunaomiliki komputa
     
Loading...