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How do I prevent a crash?

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Hi,

I just lost 300 Megs of data (mostly downloaded programs) when a computer in the office crashed.  I had stored it in the hard drive and was planning to put them on a CD.

Apart from being distraught, I'm very worried about the possibility (however remote)that my home computer might someday crash. I have very important thesis-related files in it.  What should I do to safeguard myself?  I'd appreciate some suggestions/advice.

Thanks,

Priyo
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Well what you should do is go out and buy a tape drive/zip drive etc and regularly back up your info. So when/if you have a crash you have all your info on tape backup ready to install again. If you have a cd burner ( I guess you have access to one through work ) you could make backups of your valuable data through writing to them, it is very cost effective as each cd is only about $2.

Another safeguard to take is to install a crash preventer that intercepts programs that it sees are about to crash and stops it. A good one of these is Norton CrashGuard. You can get a deluxe version or a standard version both in trialware format from norton at this web address.  http://www.symantec.com/trialware.new/index.html    go there and scroll down to norton crashguard. You can try these products out and after 30 days you have the options of buying them. Norton Crashguard is very recommendable...

Also you should run scandisk on a regular basis to fix up files and directory structuires and possibly repair bad sectors on the hard disk...

If you need more information on anything don't hesitate to mail me at <nigem@pip.com.au?

Cheers...

Nige
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Hi,

Actually, I have Virushield, Norton Crashguard Deluxe as well as a Zip drive.  Of course, I have yet to back-up my files.  Norton's Crashguard prevents crashes of applications. What causes a hard drive failure and what can one do to prevent it?
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a number of thing could cause hard disk crash from a failed drive head to software crashes

The not common is when your system crashes and does not write data to your HD. This is why when you want to shut off most O/S will say "pls wait while i write something on your hard disk". if a system crashes, and page data is on your hd, you may fine cross link files...........
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a number of thing could cause hard disk crash from a failed drive head to software crashes

The most common is when your system crashes and does not write data to your HD. This is why when you want to shut off most O/S will say "pls wait while i write something on your hard disk". if a system crashes, and page data is on your hd, you may fine cross link files...........
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There's not much you can do to prevent a hard disk failure. If a disk is going to die, it's going to die. The quality of modern HDDs is improving all the time, head crashes are now fairly rare, but they do still happen occasionally.

I recommend you go with niges suggestions about backing up your data. This is a habit that is reguarly followed in workplaces, but very few home users bother with it. There's no need to backup the entire hard disk, just the data that you can't replace.
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