hard-drive-bdr-300x225The day starts out like any other day, you turn on your computer, check your emails, start creating a document in word; but today is not like any other day, something isn’t right.

It can start out with some errors, or a sudden clicking noise followed by your computer freezing up, or it can show absolutely no signs of fault, however when you turn on your computer it just won’t boot up.

Design

A hard drive failure can happen at any time, to anyone and can have devastating results for those that are impacted. Hard drives, besides fans and power supplies are at the top of the list of failed components inside of a computer. This is due to the fact that the hard drive is a mechanical device that spins at high rpm’s all the time while your computer is running.

The design of the hard drive, as well as the heat that is created within the device, can lead to catastrophic failures. When a device fails, the information contained on the disk is often times unrecoverable or corrupted. Though there are some occasions when data can be recovered, it is not without a very high cost and forensic type services are required to be attempted without any implied guarantees of recovery.

Though, it’s easy to think that “this will never happen to me”, it is an inevitable occurrence in the way today’s technology is designed. What this truly means is, “it’s not if, but when.” When a hard drive failure does occur expect a major ordeal or process to begin.

Backup

Many companies have employed numerous types of backup solutions in order to alleviate, prevent, or recover in case of a hard drive failure or disaster. The solutions run a wide range from antiquated tape-type products, to state of the art automated backup and disaster recovery solutions with integrated testing and reporting.

Whether you have an older backup solution or the newest technology, regular reporting and testing is the most important aspect of a good backup solution. Once a failure has occurred, it is often discovered that those with a backup solution have corrupt data or no data at all. For many, this is no different than having absolutely no backup. This is the reason that reporting and testing are the most important aspects of a good backup and disaster recovery plan.

Plan

For most companies, hard drives hold valuable and irreplaceable information. Information such as payroll, HR, Tax documents, customer information, leads, sales orders, accounts receivables and so much more. If lost, this information can cause severe monetary losses for companies and according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, 70% of small businesses that have a major data loss go out of business within a year.

You might be surprised to learn that many people and businesses have no backup for their computers or servers. What may also surprise you is that very few of those that do have some type of backup do not have any recovery plan, testing, or expectations when a hard drive failure should occur.

Whatever your current situation with backup, it is a good idea to get an assessment and thoroughly test any current backup solution in place. If you are one of the many that has no backup, it is even more critical to evaluate options and implement a professional solution before it’s too late.

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