How do you know that it’s time to replace your hard disk (hard disk drive/HDD) and SSD (solid state drive)?

For hard disks, you almost always get warnings, from various diagnostic programs. When you see S.M.A.R.T. errors, or you have sudden slow downs and weird sounds… it’s probably time.

For SSD, I guess you replace them when your computer suddenly doesn’t want to boot 😀

So far I haven’t had an SSD fail, but I’ve heard there are no warnings, so I always have backup running in the background, to my NAS (which uses two hard disks in mirroring configuration, with some lights on the front panel that show drive health, and email notifications and everything, so hopefully it’s unlikely that one fails, nobody notices, and then the other fails as well).

More important data also gets encrypted and replicated to cloud storage, so I always have 3 copies (two local, one remote).

Remove all your personal info from the internet: 6 steps to disappear for good

It’s not easy to disappear from the web, but we’ll show you how to get started.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely your personal information is available to the public. And by “public” I mean everyone everywhere. The start of a new year is a good time to get your internet privacy ducks in a row and effectively “delete” yourself from the internet. But how can deleting yourself from the internet stop companies from getting hold of your info? Short answer: It can’t. 


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