How Do You Know If Your Computer Has Crashed?
One surefire way to find out if your system has crashed is it will not start up when you turn your system on. At the speeds that hard drives run or rotate at, 3600-15,000 RPM, it is a wonder it does not crash every time it comes on. However, they are designed to withstand that speed. This means that data recovery is not required every time you start your computer.
The data on your computer may have been stored for months, years or even decades and it can be at risk if you do not pay attention. One of those crash signs is the infamous “blue screen”. Usually, if you get just one that means there was a major conflict somewhere on your system and the system shut down to resolve it. This is a sign that you should be cautious in doing whatever it was you were doing. If you get another one, you need to contact your warranty people or a computer tech. That means there is definitely something wrong somewhere. It is the best way to avoid the hard drive data recovery process.
Another is the GPF or general protection fault error. This forces you to reboot your computer that usually results in hardware meltdown that cannot be recovered from at all. This is termed a forced crash.
One crash that you might be able to avoid is caused by electrical surges. Plug your computer into a surge protector and replace it every six months. As you probably know, the surge protector will protect your computer from periodic electrical surges that could very well damage your circuit boards and hardware. Then it will be a hit and miss as to whether file recovery can be done. Remember, you can also get power surges when the power is shut off to the whole house for one reason or another.
The one thing that everybody wishes they could avoid, but cannot because of the Internet, are viruses. Now, if you never got on the Internet the only way you would get a virus is if somebody gave you a program that was infected. Viruses can easily erase data on hard drives when they are executed. To avoid viruses, you need an excellent firewall and virus protection program on your system.
Finally, unauthorized users of your system can cause major problems. They can inadvertently delete files or even reformat your hard drive without realizing it. After a hard drive has been formatted, there is no file or data recovery possible. Erased data can be recovered, but not if it was erased by formatting.