Data Loss

It refers to losing of data or information. An event or an error condition, that occurs on losing data or information. Data loss occurs on the devices, which stores the data. Data loss has been the complaint of almost many, right personal computer users to large business organizations. Data loss would result due to many reasons:

  • Abrupt shut down of the system
  • Human error - Deletion of files
  • Power to the system is disconnected accidentally
  • Occurrence of bad sectors
  • Virus and malware attacks
  • Operating system crash, if the data is on the drive on which the operating system resides
  • Failure or corruption of hard drive etc

Data, which is temporarily unavailable, is not a data loss. One such scenario would be the server, which is not reachable. Once the server is reachable, the data is accessible. Data loss is permanent, whereas data unavailability is temporary.

Data loss prevention is mandatory, also known as Data Leakage Protection. It refers to maintaining the critical data safe and secure. The process involves, identifying the most critical data, creating a backup of it using different methodologies like backing up online, backing up on off-site location by having multiple servers, backing up on external storage devices like SAN, NAS etc.

Data loss has great impact on businesses. Different kinds of data loss have different impacts depending on severity. Examples involve family get together photos loss, attendance log, financial data loss that leads to losing contracts and so on.

Prevention of Data Loss

  • Data stored on off-site location should be secured safely by encryption
  • During transmission of data between the off-site location and user system, data should be protected from malicious users, hackers, key loggers etc.,
  • Use of inverters or UPS (uninterruptible Power Supply) to avoid abrupt power shut down
  • Use of voltage guards to avoid power surges
  • Preventing from fire or excess heat
  • Local PCs should be prevented from trojans, malware infections etc
  • Use of good anti-virus software
  • Backing up data before the hard drive could crash due to bad sectors
  • Critical data should never be stored on the drive, on which the operating system resides
  • Regularly backing up of files, thereby keeping it updated (scheduling)
  • It is better to have hard copies of all important and critical data and also to have data stored in encrypted format
  • All the email attachments and other files or software’s should be thoroughly scanned before downloading
  • Use of pre-warning software’s, that prompts the system administrator regarding the status of the hard drive (if corrupted)
  • Troubleshoot problems on their occurrence
  • Perform disk maintenance, which helps in easier access of files
  • Temporary and unused files should be deleted for betterment of hard drive
  • Avoiding human errors like accidentally deleting files

Storing critical data on the drive, which has operating system installed, would result in data loss if the operating system crashes.

Related Information

Data recovery
Are you undergoing data loss scenario? do you want to recover your data?, Remo Recover is the best recovery software used to restore back all the lost files. Data which is lost is invisible only to us but files are still available in the partition table of the hard drive. Remo Recover retrieves files from partition table and restores it.

Lost file recovery Windows XP
Files usually include excel sheets, word files, music, pictures, video, audio etc. If you do not update anti-virus software on your computer regularly, these files are prone to corruption due to virus attack. To repair the corrupted file and recover the data stored in it you can make use of Remo Recover.