data loss causes

09 Mar 6 Common Causes of Data Loss

 

There is nothing more frustrating than losing important data that you spent hours working on or desperately needed in the spur of the moment. Although you may think that data loss is unavoidable and is ‘just one of those things’; with the correct care, data loss could be avoided.

Here are 6 reasons behind data loss on your laptop and how you can prevent it:

1. Hard drive failure

Hard drives are usually where your data is stored within your computer. Failure of the hard driving working in its correct manner could mean data is lost instantly without warning. 60% of hard drives that do crash are usually down to mechanical issues such as overheating, damage, or shorts of power. Although there is nothing you can do to prevent this, taking your laptop to a professional could recover some files.

2. Viruses and malware

Your laptop fights off risks everyday stemming from viruses and malware. Being connected to the world wide web is highly beneficial, but it does come with negatives – one risk being that laptops and computers are attacked on a daily basis and often cannot fight off suspicious malware. Viruses usually attack features such as software and files that are important features within your computer.

The real problem is when business data is involved. Viruses can hack into software and data and either delete the entire contents or steal sensitive information. Ensure your personal laptop and business laptops are safe by installing a good antivirus software that will catch any suspicious viruses hacking into your files.

3. Power failure

We have all been there; halfway through updating a file or document and the laptop cuts off due to low battery or power shortage. It is highly frustrating and hours of time can be spent trying to recover the document when it is too late anyway.

It is not just a temperamental battery that can set you back hours of time, but a shortage of power can have detrimental effects on the system. This is all down to the sudden cut off of power; similarly to when a laptop is shut down incorrectly. If the power is suddenly cut off, retrieving files may not be an option and a professional may need to look into the case for you, should there be any hope of recovery.

4. Human error

40% of data loss is down to human error, which is a rather substantial percentage when it can easily be avoided. Factors such as wrong installations, messing with file systems and the deletion of files are all common factors. The deletion of files is perhaps the most common instance and many people hold their hands up to doing it on a daily basis. A good back-up system to ensure that files can be recovered in an emergency situation would be a good option, as well as taking the time to name your files correctly to avoid overwriting them.

5. Damages

Fires, water damage and explosions are also causes of data loss. Spillages are usually the most common form of damage but unfortunately laptops are not waterproof in the slightest, therefore files can be wiped instantly due to a short circuit. Likewise, natural disasters such as fire damage can make the laptop and its internal data completely unrepairable. However, according to a recent survey, only 3% of laptops were damaged in natural disasters. To avoid losing data should these instances occur, it is always an idea to keep an external hard drive elsewhere so that you only lose your laptop, rather than irreplaceable files.

6. Theft

The theft of a laptop is also another way of losing important data information. If you must take your laptop out of the house, always carry it in a brief case and ensure that you never leave it unattended. You never know who you can trust; so always be on your guard. Studies have shown that 80% of crimes involving laptop theft have been down to intrusions of data.

If you would like to learn more about protecting your computer from data loss; or perhaps your laptop needs to undergo virus removal or a repair, please contact us today at BreezeTech for tech support in your home or office. We would be happy to assist.

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