hard_drive_failures_account_for_majority_of_data_lossIf you’ve ever turned on your computer and gotten the 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. Or maybe the drive simply fails to appear on your directory structure at all. Of course, when this happens, all the data is lost to you.

Next to virus infections, hard drive issues are the most commonly occurring problem we encounter on a regular basis.

Most people have a common misconception that they won’t have these issues by backing up or storing all their data on a USB flash drive. Many people erroneously believe that because they have a MAC  they are immune to these issue as well.

However, there are only a handful of hard drive manufacturers in the world…and they make all the drives for everyone.

So whether its a flash drive, an external hard drive, a hard drive in your PC, or a hard drive in your MAC, the odds of drive failure are still the same.

Over the years at Computek, we’ve seen so many hard drive failures that we’ve been able to narrow down the likelihood of drive failure happening to you to within 3 to 3.5 years of the life of the drive.

So what does that mean ?

Well if your computer is 4 years old, odds are that your hard drive is going to fail….. soon.

Age isn’t the only culprit that causes drive failures, the environment you have your computer in also plays a huge part in the life of your computer.

If you work in a machine shop where temperatures are hot or maybe you work in the cut stone industry and everything in your office has a thick coat of dust on it, including your pc, harsher environments like these will shorten the lifespan of the hard drive.

Although there are a number of reasons why a drive might suddenly just stop working, the end result is the same. Your data is inaccessible and now you have business downtime.

This 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 backup solution in place that at a minimum includes regular backups, redundancy, periodic testing, and reporting.

If you find yourself wondering if your business has a backup solution or a plan in place if this happens to you, contact us today. A member of our team can discuss how we can customize the right backup and disaster recovery solution for you!

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