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What can be done?
In first place, above examples should emphasise obvious fact that loss of data is a problem that can happen to anyone, no matter how knowledgeable or how careful you are. It is important that you do what you can to prevent fatal loss. Keeping backups of any important, irreplaceable data is something we should all do, but are quite often found not doing. Not having a backup copy of your data could be biggest mistake you make.
However, even if you donít have a backup and something happens to your storage device it may not be a complete loss. There are specialists who deal solely with recovery of lost data and they can sometimes truly work miracles.
Use anti-virus software regularly and keep it updated as often as possible. Many viruses attack hard drive and can be spread very quickly. Without a decent firewall and anti virus system in place this will invariably lead to a loss of data integrity.
Keep your storage devices as clean as possible. Also, be sure to avoid contact with electric components with your bare hands. Keeping your storage devices cool will reduce risk of magnetic burnout and may save you from a total loss of data.
Virtually all of us store important data on our hard drives, with possible exception of people who use their PC only for playing games; even gamers would consider losing weeks of saved games as being something of a disaster. Even most knowledgeable and careful of us will probably face data loss of some sort in our lives, and while it may not be our fault that a device becomes corrupt of was faulty when leaving manufacturers, it is our fault if we havenít stored data elsewhere as a backup copy. Remember, accidents do happen, so we should always prepare for worst.
© 2005 Nick Carter
Nick Carter is webmaster for http://www.data-recovery-resources.biz , an online portal for data recovery resources.