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Tips for dealing with Extreme Weather and Data Loss

Electronics are sensitive to temperature changes and extreme weather can lead to unexpected data loss. Mitigate your risk with these suggestions


Extreme weather – hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, heat waves, and earthquakes – is becoming a more common occurrence in the world today. While you can never fully prepare for the damage that Mother Nature can throw at you, you can take the necessary steps to mitigate the damage you might receive by following the suggestions below.

Common sense tips for protecting your data from extreme weather and improving the chance that damaged or corrupted data can be recovered.

  1. Rising summer temperatures and extended heat waves are becoming a staple of summer and the need to keep your computer equipment cool has never been more paramount. Make sure that your computer is located in a cool and dry location.

  2. This is doubly true for larger enterprise solutions and server hardware. In this case, be sure to have adequate air conditioning capable of handling the high heat produced by today’s faster and smaller components.

  3. In many regions the summer months mean a higher occurrence of thunderstorms and lightning. Be sure to protect your important systems from power spikes and surges by placing a surge protector between the power source and the equipment.

  4. Along with the new surge protector, be sure to purchase an Uninterruptable Power Supply or UPS. The UPS will allow power to still be supplied to your important computer systems in the event of an outage and allow the system to be shut down and backed up properly.

  5. Schedule a regular check of your system’s protections. All of the protection equipment in the world will not save your system if it is malfunctioning. Be sure to schedule a preventative checkup of the UPS, surge protector, and cooling systems every six months to make sure you are still protected.

  6. If your equipment looks damaged on the outside, it will more than likely be damaged internally also – do not attempt to operate this equipment. Take the damaged pieces to a professional.

  7. Do not attempt to repair or disassemble any computer equipment that has been damaged. The processes required for repair or recovery may be impaired by good-natured attempts with do-it-yourself solutions.

  8. Water-damaged media storage should only be repaired by a professional. Do not attempt to open or dry through artificial means.

  9. If the damaged devices are important to you or your business, contact a data recovery professional immediately.
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