Data Loss Prevention: How to Protect Your Data from Extreme Weather

Thursday, December 31, 2009 by The Data Experts

Every summer, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers see the same pattern: a surge in data recovery service requests that coincides with the start of the severe storm season.

You can take steps toward data loss prevention by following some simple precautions. With that said, even the most well-protected hard drives can crash, fail, quit, click, die… you get the picture. So we’ve also provided a few tips for how to respond when extreme weather does damage your computer equipment.

Protecting Your Data from Severe Weather

1. Summer heat can be a significant problem as overheating can lead to drive failures can result. Keep your computer in a cool, dry area to prevent overheating.

2. Make sure your servers have adequate air conditioning. Increases in computer processor speed have resulted in more power requirements, which in turn require better cooling - especially important during the summer months.

3. To prevent damage caused by lightning strikes, install a surge protector between the power source and the computer’s power cable to handle any power spikes or surges.

4. Invest in some form of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), which uses batteries to keep computers running during power outages. UPS systems also help manage an orderly shutdown of the computer - unexpected shutdowns from power surge problems can cause data loss.

5. Check protection devices regularly: At least once a year you should inspect your power protection devices to make sure that they are functioning properly.

Responding to Data Loss Caused by Severe Weather

1. Do not attempt to operate visibly damaged computers or hard drives.

2. Do not shake, disassemble or attempt to clean any hard drive or server that has been damaged - improper handling can make recovery operations more difficult which can lead to valuable information being lost.

3. Never attempt to dry water-damaged media by opening it or exposing it to heat - such as that from a hairdryer. In fact, keeping a water-damaged drive damp can improve your chances for recovery.

4. Do not use data recovery software to attempt recovery on a physically damaged hard drive. Data recovery software is only designed for use on a drive that is fully functioning mechanically.

5. Contact Ontrack Data Recovery at 800 872 2599 for free data recovery consultation 24/7/365. Our experts will explain options and answer any questions you have about your damaged data storage devices.

Never assume that data is unrecoverable - no matter how extreme the damage. Ontrack Data Recovery engineers have retrieved data from devices damaged in Hurricane Katrina and the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster,  and numerous other disasters.