Is Data Loss Risk a Thing of the Past?

Here is a challenge to readers: If you’re old enough, stop and think back to the last memory you have of using a 3.5-inch floppy disk to move data around. Even for the Luddites out there, the time and place envisioned is probably somewhere in the early-2000s. By 2005 things had evolved into the USB, and by 2010 bulk data had begun to be stored “in the cloud.”

Despite the advent of the cloud, data loss remains a real risk for individuals and businesses across the world. Millions of people still keep hundreds or thousands of files and programs stored on a local drive. The business of professional data salvage remains in demand in cities across the globe. Services specializing in Ontario data recovery have similar centers in other provinces, states, and continents. This is because when locally saved data is at risk, it tends to be things we don’t want to give up: client information, projects, tax records, and other sensitive business information.

Once upon a time, recovering the data from a damaged hard drive was a standard element of computer ownership. It was like how if you own a car you better know how to change a tire. Yet in the last ten years or so – with the arrival of automatic saves to the cloud and proliferation of personal computer ownership – the art of getting back seemingly lost digital information has diminished among the general computer owning population.

And, similar to the growth in popularity of services such as AAA which help folks get their flat tire unbolted and replaced, computer owners with compromised drives are increasingly turning to the professionals. Often times it’s not their first choice: like the growing complexity of automobile design, computers are getting hard to work on. Users attempt to do the recovery job themselves, with mixed results.

The biggest inhibitor of safely depositing data into the cloud as opposed to keeping it strictly local is time. Yes, time is what keeps people from doing the smart thing. It may only take a few minutes to backup the day’s files, and in many cases this can be done automatically thanks to software, but humans are masters at seeing a momentary act of labor as a dreadful lifetime of hard work. It’s all relative: if it takes seconds to enact 90% of programs out there, anything taking longer than 45 seconds will seem like it lasts forever.

Overriding the urge to skip on data backup is something folks ought to make a habit of doing. All it takes is one lapse to initiate a week or longer of no recovery insurance. Better yet, invest 30 minutes and $30 into backup service to do the job for you. If time is so critical, this is by far the most efficient way to save as much as possible in the long run.

The risks of data loss have greatly been reduced over the last decades. We have cloud computing to thank for that. But if anything, this dependence on instant and automatic saving to a remote storage facility somewhere breeds an increase in oversights when information is saved locally. Folks still need to practice due diligence in the proper protection of their hard drives – and know when it’s time to call in the experts.

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Contribution made by Becky W.

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