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Common reasons for data loss are:
1. Deleting files accidentally
The main risk of losing data is deleting files or its parts without any backups available. Deleting or updating data are common activities, and this is done almost every day. No wonder if we delete wrong files accidentally or overwrite the parts that we did not intend. Losing information during everyday work is common that many do not even perceive it as risk anymore.
We lose data because we do not have managed workflow procedures and backup plans. The efficient procedures for saving data and frequently making backups can save time for us.
2. Viruses and damaging malware
Many new viruses attack computers every day. Being connected globally has many advantages, but it opens serious risks to computers. Damages may vary significantly, but most viruses affect operational software, the wrong Internet connection that damages data. There are different types of viruses and, often, data loss is a side effect of your operating system.
The most serious are the attacks that steal and damage business data. Consider the value of client databases, technical inventions, industrial data essential for manufacturing or other companies. They carry immense monetary value and businesses show strong interest to get this information. What could be more comfortable for hackers than to create a faulty impression of failures in the operating system to hide their actual intentions and cover tracks?
If your PC is targeted badly by malware, you may have installed the operating system and programs easily with installation disks.
3. Mechanical damages of hard drive
Hard drives of computers are the fragile parts of computers; they break down faster as compared to other devices connected to computing. There are many moving parts inside hard drives that break down quickly. There are few ways to retrieve data from faulty hard drives, but this service costs you more than $1,000. Sometimes, there is no guarantee that even professional service provider can recover the complete data.
4. Power failures
There are many effects of power failures. When you are in mid of writing a long article, and you forget to save it, then in case of power cuts you lose data. This is the simplest example but what if working with sophisticated databases or developing graphic illustrations...you can imagine the loss if you lose power during working.
Even deeper problem is when power failures affect hardware of computers. Shutting down computer suddenly without proper shutdown procedures may lead to problems with rebooting operation system later. These operating system problems lead to the chain reaction, and you might lose your data.
5. Theft of computer
The real tragedy is when you lose both computer and data simultaneously. The danger of burglars breaking into your home and stealing devices is prevalent. During traveling, you may leave your laptop at an airport, conference centers, and coffee shops. No wonder, new computers cost some money, but the data loss is the most significant loss.