I often use my wife in an effort to avoid data loss. I’ll say, ‘Hey, I’ve got an appointment at the Doc’s next Tuesday at 3, can you remind me please?’ This way I’ll have a better chance of actually making the appointment. And, if I don’t, I’ve got someone else to blame. This is the essence of a good marriage, isn’t it? Sharing?
On the other hand, I sometimes put the appointment into my iPhone calendar as well. After all, we’re all carrying a mini PC with enough computational power to send men to Mars. And, upon entering the appointment, like magic, a backup copy is beamed to the iCloud. Believe me, after suffering the crushing blow of complete phone data loss in the past, continuous backup is as comforting as a warm fluffy pillow at the end of a hard day.
So, what’s causing data loss?
Hardware failure accounts for about 40% of all data loss. This includes server, desktop PC and laptop HDD’s. Consequently, a schedule of regular replacement and backup management is necessary to help avoid the ‘big crash’.
Cyber-criminals are getting smarter. As such, they are looking for vulnerabilities in SMB networks. This is the honey pot. Unfortunately, it’s the smaller businesses that seem to be the most complacent about security and virus protection. In addition, of particular concern is the accelerating rate of ransomware infection.
Let’s face it, when 12 o’clock rolls around, and that warm ham and cheese croissant plus double shot cap’ starts to drift into your consciousness, mistakes can be made. Common ones are over-writing a file, deleting a file or folder, and formatting without a backup.
How can I get my lost data back?
Ideally, the answer should be simple, get it from the backup. This might be the server backup or a cloud backup. If this isn’t possible then this is where the options get tricky and possibly expensive. Data recovery can be a complex business if a HDD has become corrupted.