How to Prevent Data Loss?
Comprehensive disaster recovery and data loss protection schemes can seem troublesome and time intensive to set up but after a data failure, you would be thankful that you set it up. Unfortunately, data loss is a common occurrence across all organizations and it is imperative to plan and be prepared for this event.
The three main causes of data loss include:
- Hardware Failure
- Hard drives are machines too and are made of many moving parts and these parts do fail. Some examples are motor jam, read/write heads hitting or scraping the platters etc.
- Gradual hard drive failure such as corrupted data resulting from malware like Virus etc can also result in H/W failure.
- RAID or motherboard failure.
- Bad Sectors.
- Data problems
- Data is deleted either accidentally or through user sabotage.
- Application failure resulting in data loss.
- Natural disasters
- Local disasters such as office fires or floods.
- Large-scale disasters such as tornados, bushfires, earthquakes, floods etc.
Everyone should adopt strategies to ensure critical information is protected from corruption and loss.
Best practices to avoid data loss:
- Never upgrade any system without a verified backup
- Use up-to-date hardware and software utilities for data security, such as firewalls and virus protection
- Scan all incoming data for viruses, including packaged software
- Use ventilation, fans and/or air conditioning to keep servers at the proper operating temperature
- Connect systems to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect against power surges
- Power down and take extreme caution when moving computers
- Avoid static discharge when touching or handling the media, especially in excessively dry environments
If your data is critical, make sure you choose easySERVICE™ Data Solutions that can properly recover data from physically damaged drives. Even the simplest recovery attempts on a non-responding damaged drive could render your data unrecoverable. The first recovery attempt is always the best recovery attempt.