Act Now: Avoid causes of data loss
Data loss is expensive and hurts
Data loss is annoying; this is true for everything from a single individual to the largest companies imaginable. How hard disks get damaged and how data loss can occur is shown in the following list – and of course what countermeasures can be taken. The countermeasure that always works is to make a regular backup of all data.
More than 50%: Hardware malfunctions
This damage is by far responsible for most partial or total data loss. With conventional magnetic hard disks, for example, this is the head crash, which is as famous as it is dreaded. Also power failures in unfavorable moments or defective hard disk controllers can damage even the SSD hard drives protected against errors of the read/write head.
More than 25%: Operator error
Accidental deletion of important data or even dropping a hard drive is responsible for more than a quarter of data losses. Data can suddenly no longer be read or written, and the unstoppable end of the hard drive is imminent.
More than 5%: Software bugs
With supposed tools for repair, the user can often do more damage than fix errors. Applications no longer work at all or important data can no longer be read.
Less than 5%: Malware
The computer can no longer be started or it executes commands in an inexplicable way, while a lot of data has disappeared for no reason: This can often be viruses, worms and Trojans.
Also, never run files of any kind if the origin is unknown – this also applies to supposedly harmless text documents.
Less than 5%: Force Majeure
Against fire, water or other forces of nature no careful handling of the hardware and no protection program will help. Data can then often no longer be completely rescued, so that preventive measures are all the more important.
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About the Author Charles Rahm, Free contributor
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