Over the years I’ve noticed a trend of increased data loss during the summer months. Extreme heat and summer storms are often the culprits behind these losses.
Knowing this is a common problem, computer users need to pay special attention to protecting their valuable data. From intense heat to major natural disasters, there are a variety of potential problems that can lead to summer data disasters. By taking proactive steps to ensure proper data protection you will be better prepared to quickly recover from a data loss situation.
Summer storms can cause major data loss problems – but don’t forget about other common weather-related issues like overheating. A few simple steps can help you prepare for summer and avoid the headaches caused by weather-related data loss.
9 ways to SPF your data
The following list offers you things you should watch out for and that can be easily fixed to protect your data from severe summer weather, reducing the chances of a data loss if any damage should occur.
- Summer heat can be a significant problem as drive failures can result from overheating. Keep your computer in a cool, dry area to prevent overheating
- If you are dealing with large servers, make sure they 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
- Thunder storms can be a major problem during summer. Make sure to install a surge protector between the power source and the computer’s power cable to handle any power spikes or surges
- 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
- Check protection devices regularly: At least once a year you should inspect your power protection devices to make sure that they are functioning properly. Most good ones will have a signalling light to tell you when they are protecting your equipment properly
- 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
- Never attempt to dry water-damaged media by opening it or exposing it to heat – such as that from a hairdryer
- Do not attempt to operate visibly damaged devices
- For mission-critical situations, contact a data recovery professional before any attempts are made to reconfigure, reinstall or reformat
By ensuring your data is well-protected from heat spikes and other summer hazards before any severe issues arise, your data will be safer. You’ll also be able to enjoy cooling down the old fashioned way – hopefully by the beach!