If you made it to this site you know backing up your data is important. What you may not know is what are you trying to protecting against? How likely are they? And is (or will) your back up process actually protect you from these problems?
Let’s explore further…
What are the Risks?
- Hardware Failure (e.g. hard drive mechanical issue, power surge)
- Human Error (e.g. accidental over-write/ deletion, password loss)
- Hardware Destruction (e.g. flood, fire, theft)
- Software or data Corruption (e.g. removing a USB drive when file being saved)
- Malicious Software (e.g. virus, malware)
How likely are these Risks?
To manage these risks properly you also need to know how often they are responsible for data loss. A published academic study provides the following breakdown:
A more recent studies by a data recovery firm had varying results – but they all agree on the top two causes of data loss – hardware failure and user error.
Hard drives are the weakest Link
Your hard drive is the most likely part in your computer to fail. This is unfortunate because that is where your data lives.
If you have an issue with another component you can (usually) remove your hard drive put it in another machine and be up and running pretty quickly.
This is further backed up by a Storage Craft customer survey that showed hard drive malfunction is the cause of more than 80 percent of all computer equipment failures.
Are you Protected?
Do you have a backup process in place today? Does it protect against equipment failure? Does it protect you from you?