22 May, 2019
Your data is valuable. Whether that data is an important tax return form, a paper you’re writing for school, or a cute picture of your dog, it’s important to make sure that your data doesn’t get lost.
Did you know that everything stored on your computer – from the operating system, to the programs you use, to your personal files and pictures – is all located on a single piece of hardware inside the machine? Everything is stored on your computer’s hard drive, and if that component fails, everything can be lost.
While newer hard drives are typically more reliable than older ones, there is always a risk that data loss can happen, regardless of your hardware’s age. Hard drives are fragile devices, with many small moving parts which can easily be damaged. Even in newer solid-state drives (SSDs) which don’t have moving parts, components on the drive’s circuit board can still fail, causing data loss.
Recovering lost data is a difficult, and sometimes impossible, process. Data recovery services exist which can attempt to recover lost files from a failed hard drive, but these services cost hundreds or thousands of dollars due to the complexity of the recovery process, and aren’t always guaranteed to work.
Even if your drive doesn’t fail, data can be lost in other ways. In recent news, Microsoft released an update to their Windows operating system which had the potential to cause people’s files to be permanently deleted when it got installed. While the problematic update has since been blocked by Microsoft, many people were affected before it could be cancelled. If this were to have happened on your computer, would you have been protected? Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/windows-10-october-2018-update-may-delete-personal-files-during-some-upgrades/
Having a backup of your data is the single best way to prevent data loss. There are a variety of backup solutions to pick from.
Some computers have backup software built-in which can simply make a second copy of your files on another hard drive. These solutions are extremely cost-effective, but don’t protect against incidents that could cause damage to your second hard drive. This method doesn’t help in situations like a power surge or virus which overwrites files on your hard drives.
If you want the most complete protection, off-site and cloud-based backups are another solution. Cloud-based solutions offer much better protection, because the copy of your files gets stored on a remote computer. This means that your files would not be affected if yours were to fail or be damaged.
If you’re looking for a backup solution for your computers, contact Advanced Technology Partners at 330-259-8399. We will work with you to protect your data by selecting an appropriate backup solution for your files.
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