Data loss has plagued a lot of people as a disgusting and frightening issue. In this article, we will delve into it and expose 5 most common causes as well as according precautions of data loss.
Almost for everyone, there is nothing more desperate than losing important data. So as to resist data loss, you would be required to probe into its root causes firstly. In reality, most of the causes are involved with your daily operations, including the way you store, change and handle your data. Now we will explore them in detail.
1. Accidental Deletion
Actually, in our daily lives, one of the most common kinds of data loss comes from personal mistakes, such as accidentally deleting files with no backups available. Without any doubt, deleting files is a very common activity in our daily operation on our computer. We are accustomed to deleting those files that we feel useless. Many people never treat this as a kind of potential risk.
Precaution: If you keep a regular data backup and comply with proper working procedures, you can avoid data loss from accidental deletions with utmost ease. For example, as long as you back up PST files regularly, even if you delete the file by mistake, you still can recover Outlook PST file from the backups readily.
2. Viruses and Malware Attacks
In the contemporary era, viruses and malware is almost ubiquitous surrounding us. Multiple new and unknown viruses are being developed every day. As long as connected to worldwide network, we can’t be exempt from these security threats. Data loss is the most serious side effect of damages from this issue. In an instance of ransomware, the culprits will encrypt your data. If you would like to get back the data, you have no choice but to pay.
Precaution: To combat against viruses and malware, you have to invest in a reliable security suite and beware of your online behavior, such as never opening the suspicious links or attachments in the emails.
3. Mechanical Issues in Hard Drive
Apparently, hard drive failure is an extremely vexing problem. It can be divided into several facets. The most severe type of drive failures is mechanical issues. It usually indicates the damages of drive heads or spindle motor. Both of them will demand repairing the internal components. But you shouldn’t do it yourself. All the relevant operations have many demanding requirements, such as special tool, a cleanroom with proper air pressure and humidity, etc.
Precaution: Rather than repairing drive after damages, it would be better to take effective precautions. You must take good care of the drive in your daily working, such as don’t drop or jostle the drive, provide it with adequate ventilation and so forth.
4. Power Failures
It’s believed that power failure is pretty familiar to everyone. All of you must have been ever subjected to sudden power outages. So what will happen if the power is off abruptly when you are composing or modifying a file? Undoubtedly, the file will be in danger of corruption and even loss. In addition to power outage, power surge is another common kind of power failure. It indicates a sudden increase in voltage, usually occurring from lightning or other extreme factors.
Precaution: There is no denying that in order to fight against power surge, you must equip your devices with a surge protector. As for power outage, you’d better get a backup battery or other uninterrupted power supply (UPS) in hand.
5. Water Damage
Aside from the above 4 factors, water damage is also a matter worth mentioning. For the overwhelming majority of computer users, spilling drinks on to the PC is not a strange thing. As a rule, computer has no additional protective coatings to prevent water. Therefore, water can penetrate into the computer and destroy the internal parts. Another similar event is dropping your PC into water by accident. This may be rarer. But it can lead to the same consequences.
Precaution: To block this type of human errors, you should start from yourselves, correcting some bad habits. Just keep your PC or other data storage media far away from water, such as never place the cup of water beside your PC.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair SQL Server problem and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com