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:

  1. Hardware Failure
    1. 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.
    2. Gradual hard drive failure such as corrupted data resulting from malware like Virus etc can also result in H/W failure.
    3. RAID or motherboard failure.
    4. Bad Sectors.
  2. Data problems
    1. Data is deleted either accidentally or through user sabotage.
    2. Application failure resulting in data loss.
  3. Natural disasters
    1. Local disasters such as office fires or floods.
    2. 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:

  1. Never upgrade any system without a verified backup
  2. Use up-to-date hardware and software utilities for data security, such as firewalls and virus protection
  3. Scan all incoming data for viruses, including packaged software
  4. Use ventilation, fans and/or air conditioning to keep servers at the proper operating temperature
  5. Connect systems to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect against power surges
  6. Power down and take extreme caution when moving computers
  7. 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.