1. Store your information on more than one media.
  2. Hard disks are devices for temporary data storage. There are two types of hard disks: damaged or ones that will become damaged.
  3. If you notice any unusual noises (e.g. rattling, grating, whining, etc.) immediately transfer your valuable data or even better turn off your computer and take your hard disk to a specialist.
  4. If Windows often starts-up with checkdisk, store your data. There may be bad sectors developing.
  5. Do not overfill your disk space.
  6. Do not trust self-proclaimed specialists.
  7. Do not use data recovery software you are not familiar with. You could do more damage than any good.
  8. For hard disks over 120 GB, spinning at 7200 rpm or more, it is recommendable to ensure additional cooling.
  9. Use good-quality computer components – the power supply unit is especially critical.
  10. In case of file deletion or loss , it is important to IMMEDIATELY stop operating the device to avoid recording over the same disk (device) sectors. In such cases IMMEDIATELY contact a specialist.