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The 10 most common reasons for data loss - and what you can do about it!

Diese Frau hat ihre Daten gesichert und geniesst ihren Drink.This woman has backed up her data and is enjoying her drink.

Data loss is an unpleasant event for every PC user. However, it is always the same causes that lead to a malfunction. We have compiled the ten most common causes of data loss for you.

Not surprisingly, regular data backups do not protect you from the damage described below, but they do protect you from data loss.

Rank 10: Water damage

If you work on a PC, you should be especially careful with drinks, and this applies even more to notebook users. All it takes is for the coffee cup to tip over and the drink to spill over the keyboard - the parts underneath will be damaged, and nothing will work. Investing in a waterproof notebook case is therefore absolutely recommended.

Rank 9: Cold damage

Severe cold or extreme temperature fluctuations can cause data loss. You should only use your computer when it is approximately at room temperature. Of course, this also applies to the laptop that you have left in the car overnight in frosty temperatures, for example.

Rank 8: Dust

The combination of dust and computer is dangerous. Dust particles can damage the components, you also cover the fan more and more over time, the temperature increases. This can affect the sensitive inner workings to the point of total failure.

Rank 7: Hard disk defect - headcrash

A headcrash is the mechanical damage of the hard disk. This happens when the read and write head touches down directly on the medium, for example in the case of shocks or a fall. The drive is then a case for the data recovery professional, self-attempts usually only lead to even greater damage. Therefore, always make sure that your computer has a secure and fixed location.

Rank 6: Heat death

Not only cold, but also too much heat can lead to data loss. The culprit is the excessive expansion of the read and write head of the hard disk. So avoid temperature fluctuations if possible, only work at normal operating temperature. You can monitor the heat status using various tools.

Rank 5: Magnetism

Data storage is done by magnetism, so it's no wonder that magnets from outside can cause problems. These are built into speaker boxes, for example, so pay attention to this point as well when choosing a location.

Rank 4: Lightning strike

The lightning strike triggers voltage heat and can completely destroy the laptop or computer. Therefore, keep your devices turned off during thunderstorms. Alternatively, you can work on the laptop in battery mode.

Rank 3: Too well cleaned

As mentioned above, dust is bad for the computer. However, this also applies to too intensive cleaning. You should therefore avoid using strong cleaning agents, especially on the inside, and use the special cleaning agents available from specialist retailers.

Rank 2: Removing external drives

Do you always disconnect the external medium before unplugging it? In most cases, the write processes are complete - but not always. Therefore, you should always make sure to disconnect the external drive and the computer using the appropriate command of the operating system.

1st place: The empty battery

Simple - but still on the winner's podium: In notebooks, a flat battery is actually the most common cause of data loss. Of course, the user receives a warning signal in time. However, this is often ignored, since only two sentences have to be written or a few numbers inserted anyway. So you would do well to react at the first warning message and provide power. Regular buffering should be a matter of course anyway.

What can I do about it?

When it comes to data loss, prevention is better than cure. If you ensure a functioning and automatic data backup in advance, you can access the last backup in the event of data loss and use it to restore your data without being exposed to unnecessary stress, negative feelings or even financial loss.
Langmeier Backup equipsbusinesses and individuals with the right data backup strategy and software, so people can sleep better at night without fear of losing data. The guilty conscience of having forgotten to copy important files again gives way to the good feeling of having a backup on hand at all times in case of an emergency.
Many large and small companies as well as private individuals with important data have been relying on Langmeier Backup for years, and many have already considered themselves lucky to be able to fall back on the data backup created with Langmeier Backup.

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About the Author Sebastian Müller
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Sebastian Müller is partner and top customer support at Langmeier Software, making him the best person to talk to about Langmeier backup backup solutions.

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