Spin Your Disks

Spin Your Disks

Hard Disk Warning!

OK, that caught my atten­tion, and prob­a­bly yours as well. So what gives? Why the alarm?

Accord­ing to research and con­ver­sa­tions with sev­eral hard drive experts con­ducted by Final Cut Pro whiz Larry Jor­dan, there is every rea­son to be more cog­nizant of your long-term offline drive stor­age. Your exist­ing plan of back­ing up data to remov­able or exter­nal dri­ves might not be so full of peace of mind as you thought. In his research with sev­eral disk com­pa­nies he dis­cov­ered that the magnetically-stored data of a disk is designed to be refreshed peri­od­i­cally. Your online dri­ves per­form this action auto­mat­i­cally but your offline dri­ves in your vault are at risk.

“Accord­ing to what I’ve been told, the life-span of a mag­netic sig­nal on a hard disk is between a year and a year and a half…”

So, what is the solu­tion? Put an auto­matic reminder on your cal­en­dar every year, or every six months if you want to be really safe, and spend that day hook­ing up your dri­ves and doing a com­plete scan of the con­tents (Larry rec­om­mends Tech­Tool Pro or Drive Genius). One day a year is a small price to pay for long-term via­bil­ity of your valu­able archives.

(Via Hard Disk Warn­ing!, from Larry Jordan’s Final Cut Pro Newsletter.)