USB Drive: Ways to increase performance and avoid damage
Safeguarding the data stored on computer is crucial in running business or otherwise. No matter how we maintain the data, something or the other is going to damage the information stored. There are ways such as storing data in hard drives, compact disks, taking hard copy or storing them in USB sticks. USB sticks are easy to carry, help in data transfer and are hugely affordable for less amount of information. However, there is always an on-going debate regarding what file system should be used and what technologies support USB stick in a better way.
Commonly used file systems are FAT 32 or NTFS for USB drives. For example, if the Operating System you are using is Windows, then you must prefer using NTFS. In addition, take care when ejecting certain USB drive. Generally, the drives are damaged due to impatience. Regardless of the file system usage, not unmounting the drive properly could lead to damage and data loss. All flash drives have limited number of read/write cycles that slowly cause data loss over passage of time.
Usually, drives are damaged when you do not safely remove them from the computer. Windows keep storing requests in “Write Cache” and perform them in a go. When you give command to stop USB, OS writes it to a cache. You must wait until OS tells you to remove it, because that ways it asks every background program to stop accessing the USB drive. However, if you do not wait, you end up corrupting the file system and damaging data contained in it.
Another trouble with USB drive is the speed. In a Windows only environment, one can optimize the performance of USB device by following these steps below.
- Locate Device Manager and search for USB stick under Disk Drives
- Right-click on your device, select Properties
- In Policies tab check the option “Better performance” instead of “Quick removal” and confirm
When you select “Quick Removal”, Windows tries to write data immediately in USB while if using “Better performance” Windows tries to cache data instead of writing and will flush all only when removing it (Using “Safely Remove Hardware”). When selecting Better performance, remember to remove the USB safely else you might lose data.
One of the worst situations is when USB drive gets corrupt irrespective of everything and user loses crucial data. There is no way to perform manual data recovery of USB drive. Hence, trusting third party utilities must be preferred. Kernel for Windows Data Recovery is one such tool that enable user to perform complete recovery of data be it USB, IDE, EIDE, SCSI, SATA, PEN or ZIP drive. Embedded with three scanning modes namely Quick Scan, Extensive Scan and File Trace Scan modes, the software never fails to perform complete recovery irrespective of reason of corruption. The software can be downloaded free of cost and tried before purchase. The trial edition allows user to perform complete repair and preview the files. However, in order to save anything, user must purchase licensed version of Kernel for Windows Data Recovery Software. To know more about of this software click here: http://www.recoveryfiles.org/windows-data-recovery.html