When you begin to work with hard drives, it is important to understand what a hard drive is and what it is made of. What are some things that can hurt a hard drive? What are ways that you can take care of your hard drive so that you can keep it safe? In this video, instructor Kevin Ames discusses factors that can hurt your hard drive.
- Let's talk about factors that can harm hard drives.…Probably the biggest one is heat.…And a lot of that depends on…the actual enclosure the drive is in.…If it's in a computer the engineers…that have built the computer have already…pretty much figured out air flow and cooling.…So that's very rarely an issue.…If you have an external hard drive like this one,…this one happens to be enclosed in plastic,…and the problem with the plastic hard drive…is that plastic is an insulator.…
A good choice of material for enclosing a hard drive…is aluminum, which is a very good conductor of heat…and it will tend to wick the heat…away from the drive itself.…This kind of a drive,…(knocking)…is plastic as I said,…and since plastic is an insulator…it's going to contain the heat more.…The physical position of a hard drive…is also very important.…Where you locate an external drive…is a big factor when it comes to heat,…particularly if it's sitting on a desk in sunlight.…
Sunlight can heat up a drive so fast…that you would not believe how quickly…
- What is in a hard drive?
- Formats for hard drives
- Using RAIDs for storing digital files
- Organizing assets
- Using digital asset management tools
- Connecting hard drives
- How often to backup
- Long-term backups
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1. Understanding Hard Drives and Why They Fail
2. Formats for Hard Drives
3. Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives (RAID)
4. Organizing Data Workflow Strategies
5. Digital Asset Management Tools
6. Connecting Hard Drives
7. Backups Are Mandatory
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