If there’s anything tech geeks are guilty of, it’s hoarding information. It is one of the driving factors behind needing bigger storage drives, both internal and external. When internal storage isn’t enough to backup files and store various data for work and personal use, we turn to external hard drives to do the job.
Because of the rising demand for storage hardware, external hard drives are now widely available in various retail electronics stores. Most models are now equipped with increasingly large storage capacities (2 TB is currently the ceiling for portable drives), high speed data transfers, and rugged casings.
However, external hard drives are notorious for being delicate. Even dropping hard drive once could obliterate a user’s data. Large hard drives can also be susceptible to corrupted files (especially drives that have not been partitioned), due to the memory being accessed repeatedly despite the drive’s primary function as a storage vault. This can be very damaging, especially if the hard drive carries anything from archived attachments in email to fax pdf files. This is doubly disheartening if a business runs on a virtual office (which is possible through phone services like RingCentral and program suites like Microsoft 365), and everything about the business, files included, is backed up in a single hard drive. Users need to protect their hard drives and understand how to minimize the toll these devices take.
How does one protect and prolong the lifespan of an external hard drive?