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Keeping external external hard drives safe from shock.

Generally, dropping an external hard drive while it is running is a pretty sure way to destroy the drive, along with the data that was on it. Similarly, objects dropped onto running external hard drives can provide sufficient G-forces to kill the drive and its data. Such events are generally not covered under product warranties. Perhaps more importantly, drives subjected to excessive G-forces usually present a situation in which data stored on them is not recoverable. If you use external drives to store or back up critical data, use extra care to prevent such accidents.
To prevent such unfortunate incidents, locate external hard drives so that they are not susceptible to being knocked to the floor, or to have objects fall on to them. Another cause of data failure is from improperly connected cables. Ensure that all cables associated with computers and their peripherals are firmly connected, and safely arranged so they cannot cause unexpected disasters caused by wayward feet and clumsy hands.

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