1. Back up, back up, back up! Always keep a current copy of your data on another type of storage media. Test and verify your backups regularly. Keep at least one verified copy offsite and secured.
2. Invest in a comprehensive backup strategy. Consult your service provider about the right backup solution for you.
3. Backup and verify your data before performing any system upgrade.
4. Invest in a UPS (Uninterpretable Power Supply) for all your computer equipment to protect against power spikes, blackouts and other power issues.
5. Turn off external storage devices only after shutting down the computer to avoid possible directory corruption from occurring.
6. Purchase an anti-virus solution. Try AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition –
http:/www.free.avg.com/us-en/homepage. Subscribe to the automatic update feature to limit the opportunity of being infected by a new virus.
7. Do not move a drive while it is operating. Physical damage could occur resulting in data loss.
8. Provide adequate space around your computer equipment to allow for circulation and cooling.
9. If the drive was previously in a very cold environment, allow it to warm up to room temperature before operating.
10. If you hear unusual noises, turn off the unit immediately. These sounds may indicate a mechanical problem that could result in data loss.