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Hard Drive Failures Account For Majority of Data Loss

By May 20, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Technology News

hard_drive_failures_account_for_majority_of_data_lossIf you’ve ever booted up your computer and gotten a cryptic “drive not found” message, you’re not alone. In fact, about one third of all data loss occurs because of this very error message. Drives simply failing to appear on your directory structure at all. Of course, when that happens, all the data they once contained is lost to you.

This basic error occurs most commonly with USB flash drives and external hard drives, although security experts warn that it can certainly happen to any type of drive.

There are a number of reasons why a device might suddenly just stop appearing on your pick list: It could be that there’s a problem with the USB connection, and it’s not getting power. Water damage is another big possibility, so if the drive or the connecting cable got wet, it could be the culprit. It’s also possible that the drive has become corrupted, rendering the device unreadable and inaccessible.

Whatever the ultimate cause though, the end result is the same. Your data is temporarily inaccessible to you. Now, it’s true that in many (but not all) cases, a data recovery expert can get at least some of the data back, so all hope is not lost, but this reality underscores the importance of taking regular backups, especially if you rely on external storage media to store critical business files.
Ultimately your business should have a robust backup solution in place that includes regular backups, redundancy, periodic testing, and reporting.

If you find yourself in need of a data recovery expert or are in need of a backup solution, no matter if it is for your business systems or personal notebooks or computers, contact us today. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss how we might be able to assist you and provide the right solution for your needs.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.