5 rules for storing important files so as not to lose them

Over the years, every computer and smartphone user accumulates many files that it is desirable to keep for life, and also to pass on to descendants. These are photos, videos and various documents.

As practice shows, not everyone approaches this matter with serious responsibility.

According to a friend who works in a service center, a couple of dozen hard drives and other storage devices are brought in a month, from which information needs to be restored. And the problem is that this is not always possible - recovery depends on many factors.

5 rules for storing important files so as not to lose them
5 rules for storing important files so as not to lose them
5 rules for storing important files so as not to lose them

For example, it is impossible to recover data from a classic HDD if it has already been overwritten by other data or a low-level disk format has been performed. With flash drives, the situation will be even sadder - with damaged or degraded flash memory, data recovery may not work at all.

To save files, you need to follow several rules:

1. Make multiple backups. The more copies, the less the risk of losing all your data. Do not forget about laser DVD discs - if properly stored, information on a DVD disc can be stored for several decades.

2. If the device on which the files are stored has an Internet connection, then it is potentially vulnerable. Not so long ago ransomware viruses that could encrypt the entire system were in vogue. Be sure to make one backup on an "offline" device.

3. Check the storage media periodically. At least once every 3-5 years - in case of problems, replace the drive and write down the necessary files from another backup.

4. To store data storage devices, use room temperature (15 * -25 * Celsius) and places free from moisture and sunlight. Do not forget that flash drives, SSD and HDD disks are also affected by electromagnetic radiation and if the disc will be near such a source for a long time (for example, a microwave oven), the files may be lost.

5. Don't 100% trust devices that don't belong to you. Many people store their files in the cloud for years. No hosting provider can give a 100% guarantee of the safety of your files, since no one excludes force majeure situations. And, of course, there is a risk that the data can be deleted by those who can access your account.

I prefer to use my own NAS server for storing important files - the disks operate in RAID 1 mode, which means full data mirroring. If one disk fails, then the information will always remain on the second. The NAS server itself is not connected to the Internet, which protects my data from possible leakage.

I previously reviewed the TerraMaster F2-221:

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