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18 Tips For Recovering Data After Hurricane Irene

Short-Term Recovery TipDo not shake, disassemble or attempt to clean any hard drive or server that has been damaged – improper handling can make recovery operations more difficult which can lead to valuable information being lost.

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Short-Term Recovery TipNever attempt to dry water-damaged media by opening it or exposing it to heat – such as that from a hairdryer.

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Short-Term Recovery TipDo not attempt to operate visibly damaged devices.

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Short-Term Recovery TipDo not attempt to freeze-dry media.

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Short-Term Recovery TipDo not use common software utility programs on broken or water-damaged devices.

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Long-Term Recovery TipIf you are dealing with large servers, make sure they have adequate air conditioning. Increases in computer processor speed have resulted in more power requirements, which in turn require better cooling -especially important during the summer months.

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Long-Term Recovery TipInvest in some form of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), which uses batteries to keep computers running during power outages. UPS systems also help manage an orderly shutdown of the computer – unexpected shutdowns from power surge problems can cause data loss.

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Long-Term Recovery TipCheck protection devices regularly. At least once a year you should inspect your power protection devices to make sure that they are functioning properly. Most good ones will have a signaling light to tell you when they are protecting your equipment properly.