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The fight still continues without any clear winners. Nature’s fury occasionally reminds us of how easily it can overwhelm all that modern technology has to offer, but indomitable man just goes back to the drawing board to come up with an improved solution.
The tremendous advances in data storage technology have been taken for granted by most users for whom the phenomenal growth in storage capacity can hardly keep pace with their appetite for more and more data. At the same time, the high-tech world of computers gives the users a false feeling of invincibility. While data storage devices have become more robust than in the past, the sheer numbers have made data disasters more common than ever before. There are many reasons why hard disk drives and other data storage devices can – and do – fail.
When Mother Nature strikes, as with the recent tsunami that ravaged half the earth or the winter storms that gripped much of North America, it is big news. While loss of life is truly irreplaceable, these disasters affect many other aspects of life. At times like these, there is a heightened awareness about data loss and data recovery. “But the single biggest culprit in data loss is human error,” claims Allison Beckley, VP (Customer Service) at Disk Doctor Labs, Inc., one of the pioneers of data recovery. “And a close second is the inherent limitations of the data storage technology itself,” adds Tariq Aslam, the CEO of Disk Doctors. It can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anybody. If you deal with data extensively, the odds are you will suffer data loss sooner or later. The important thing is being able to cope with it. And different types of users need to have different strategies for safeguarding their data. A high school student who uses his PC for gaming and the occasional term project cannot be expected to have UPS, tape back-ups and RAID systems. On the other hand, a bank cannot feel complacent that it has protected its database by installing the latest anti-virus software and anything else is overkill. The user profile, the data criticality, available budget and resources all impact the data protection strategy. However, these are some general tips Disk Doctors has for avoiding and surviving data loss:
? Make a regular back-up of all your important data (including laptop drives)
? Test your back-ups regularly (especially if it is a tape back-up)
? Subscribe to an Online Backup Service
? If it is mission critical business data, store it on RAID systems
? Use power surge protectors, and UPS systems for critical data
? Use regularly updated anti-virus software
? Restrict unauthorized access
? If you experience problems with your drive, move the data to another drive; don’t take any chances unless your data is worth less than the cost of a new drive
? If you still lose the data, do not panic; seek professional advice
? Data recovery is a specialized field, and not every computer technician can retrieve data
? If the data is critical, or if the drive makes unusual noises do not try DIY solutions
? When you shop around for a data recovery company, don’t consider the recovery charges only
? Look at the company experience, expertise, locations, facilities, testimonials, etc.
? You should not have to pay an up-front diagnostic fee, or pay for any hidden extras over the quoted price, or pay for the ‘effort’ if you did not get your data

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If I were to quote you the statistics about lost information as it pertains to laptops, you would be amazed.  But stop and ask yourself, do you backup your laptop information?  For many of us, the answer is no.  What happens if the laptop is stolen, or the hard drive crashes? We are reduced to sniffling piles of incoherent suits and ties for a few hours.  It’s only at this point, that many of us realize just how important our laptops are in our business life.

So, what about backup of laptop data?  Do you suppose, as a business person, we should begin to look at another safety measure for protection of our data?  I would think it’s about time, and the service is available, if we choose not to perform this task ourselves.

During 2003, over 500,000 laptops were stolen, of those stolen laptops, the vast majority was never recovered, and less than a thousand of those were backed up.  Those are unbelievable numbers, yet they are the reality in the use of laptops.  We just haven’t noticed how reliant we’re becoming on our laptops.

Today, backup of laptop data through online services, remote data backup, and offsite storage can provide us with the safety and assurance we need in determining that our data has been successfully backed up and is secure and safe on a storage media.

The lag in taking care of backup of laptop data has often been due to the fact that laptops are designed for on the go use. The laptop is not often found with a typical data storage media close at hand, or even available. That is about to change, thanks to the services of online data backup.  Now, even the busiest business person, should be able to schedule a backup time, set the clock for an early wakeup, and be ready to roll, right along with his laptop!

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