We live in a digital world that is why we use secondary memory devices very frequently, as it is the perfect way of protecting and carrying valuable information. Some time ago only big companies, technicians or young people were used to them but now almost everybody has at least one at home. And we are so used to them that we do not know what to do if they fail. This is the main reason why we should take care of our memory devices, if we do not follow some simple rules our devices will last much less than they could.
It is not very common that a secondary memory device breaks but it is very common to get them infected by virus, for example. This is the main cause of damage in this type of devices. And the real problem is not that our device cannot be used anymore, the big problem is that we can lose important data or infect our computers.
Viruses get very easily in secondary memory devices. If you want to keep not only your devices safe but also other computers where you use them, you should run the antivirus in your device any time you want to use it, above all if you used it in a public computer the last time. In order to make our memory device work better and delete all the temporal archives it may have, it is good to format it from time to time.
Once you finish the work you are doing and you want to unplug the device, you must do it correctly: choosing the secure way (all computers give you this option so there are no excuses). You may be in a hurry and think that it is not necessary, but it will not take more than a couple of seconds that can save you many hours trying to recover all the data you lost.
If we have an external memory we must keep it clean. It is important to remove dust from the surface in order to avoid it getting into the internal part of the device. All external memories must be carefully treated and we must keep them far from liquids, grease and other dirt. If the device is clean outside, no dirt can go inside it and make it work badly. To make sure that your external memory is protected, you can cover it when you are not using it.
Some devices such as pen drives or memory cards can be badly damaged by humidity. Try to keep them in dry places and be aware that if you live in a place with great humidity, your devices may fail more easily than the expected in other places. Of course, as we already mentioned, keep all your electronic devices far from any liquid.
And last, but not least, it is important to make security copies of those important documents that you do not want to lose.
Remember that memory devices are very useful and easy to use, but they are not perfect and they can fail. If you take care of them they will give you a much better service.