Establishing a backup schedule is vital, with intervals at 15 minutes or less which can ensure data availability and greatly minimize loss. Users should also leverage S.M.A.R.T. [Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology] alerts by using them to spot impending drive failures. The S.M.A.R.T. tools and other disc monitoring tools can proactively tell IT when a drive is having problems, allowing them to provision a new drive and avoid any interruption in services or storage for the end users. IT should have procedures in place to warn users about these issues, along with how to move the data and if there are replacement drives on hand.
HD Sentinel is a S.M.A.R.T. [Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology] hard disk monitor that allows home users to monitor individual PCs but also allows centralized monitoring in enterprises.