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Data recovery – A myth?

Computer users and many experts often consider lost data permanently destroyed, with no hope of recovery. Information about lost data can be complex, inconsistent or inaccurate, so it’s not surprising that data loss and data recovery are some of the most confusing and misunderstood concepts.

Computer data may be one of your company’s most valuable and vulnerable assets. According to experience, the primary threats to your data include:
* Natural Disasters – 2%
* Hardware or System Problem – 56%
* Human Error – 26%
* Software Corruption or Program Problem – 9%
* Computer Viruses – 4%
* Natural Disasters – 2%
_Source: ODR_
( _This data is based on the actual data recoveries performed_ ).

These five major threats to your computer data share two things in common: they are unpredictable and, in many cases, uncontrollable. Therefore, the precautions taken by IT professionals to safeguard company data cannot always prevent a data loss.

In addition to being a vulnerable asset, computer data is also a valuable asset.

Based on the information below it is easy to see how significant the costs of lost or inaccessible data can be. The following is a summary of the average hourly impact of lost or inaccessible data on a selection of different businesses.

*Type of Business & Average Hourly Impact*
With no data and no access to your system, data loss is a financial disaster. Our data recovery specialists determine the best data recovery solution to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. The chart below outlines the costs associated with computer downtime and data loss for businesses.
* Energy – $2.8m
* Telecommunications – $2.0 million
* Manufacturing – $1.6 million
* Financial Institutions – $1.4 million
* Information Technology – $1.3 million
* Insurance – $1.2 million
* Retail – $1.1 million
* Pharmaceuticals – $1.0 million
* Banking – $996,000
_Source: IT Performance Engineering & Measurement Strategies: Quantifying Performance Loss, Meta Group, October 2000._

When time is crucial and data is mission-critical, Data Recovery may be the most practical option available. Data recovery professionals recover data from the damaged media itself, providing several advantages over alternative methods of data retrieval.

# Complete – Data recovery professionals can safely enter the system or media to achieve a comprehensive data recovery. Data can be recovered from virtually any media type or operating system, no matter how extreme the cause.
# Current – Although many people revert to backups following a data loss, those backups typically contain outdated information or could be corrupt themselves. Data recovery can help you access the most recent version of the lost data.
# Fast – Every second that passes following a data disaster means time and money lost to your company. Data recovery reduces this downtime by quickly recovering and returning your data. With our multiple service types and levels, we can potentially recover your data in as little as a few hours.
# Cost-effective – The expense in time, money, and effort of rebuilding or re-keying lost data can be overwhelming to your company. Data recovery can provide the quickest and most complete data recovery possible.

At Data Detect, we take the mystery associated with lost data out of the equation. Our data recovery engineers have studied data loss and have been performing successful recoveries for years. Their findings indicate that in many cases, data is recoverable – no matter what the circumstance. Never assume your valuable data can’t be recovered – always check with a qualified data recovery expert before determining what to do when data loss has occurred. If you have any questions about data recovery or your options, please contact our experienced specialists.

Article by *ODR*

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