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What is Data Loss?

Data loss can occur on any device that stores data. Although any loss of data, even a simple misplacement, is by definition technically a loss, what we are primarily concerned with is the permanent loss of data that is important to your business' ongoing success.

Types of Data Loss
  • Human error - accidental or unknowing data deletion, modification, overwrite
  • File corruption - software error, virus infection
  • Hardware - drive failure, controller failure, cpu failure
  • Site-related - theft, fire, flood, earthquake, lightning, etc.

According to a report on data loss in Europe, over 6% of PCs will suffer data loss in any year - a total of 1.7 million incidents. The report identifies six main causes of loss of data:
  • Hardware failure, including damage by power surge and drive failure (42%)
  • Human error, including accidental deletion (31%)
  • Software file corruption (13%)
  • Virus-infection (7%)
  • Theft, especially laptop theft, (5%)
  • Hardware loss, including floods, fires, lightning, power failure (3%)

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