How to Prevent Data Loss Situations

By: Neha Gupta

One fine morning when you open your computer system and try to open an important file and the message appears 'the particular file cannot be opened'. Now do you have the idea why the file is no longer accessible, it could be a virus attack, media corruption, file deletion or anything of that sort.

Files and folders might get corrupt or damaged due to severe virus attacks, corruption of the storage media, unexpected system shutdown, bad sectors in the disk and display of error messages are the possible reasons which lead a file to get damaged or corrupt.

You can prevent such situations by taking simple and easy to follow measures:

Perform regular Backups: Backup your data on regular basis. These backups can be created with some backup software or on some external media like - CDRW, DVD, and Tape.

Placement of your computer system: Keep your computer system in safe, dry and dust free area to prevent physical damage to the computers.

Update Virus Definitions: Viruses can attack at any point of time, so regularly update your anti-virus software. Virus attacks can result into severe data loss.

Protect your system from Power Surges: Huge power surges can destroy your computer equipment but on the contrary low level of power release can erase data on the hard drives. Always ensure that your computer system receives uninterrupted power supply, so that data can be backed up at the time of outage.

Protection from Static Electricity: The computer system should be protected from the Static Electricity which erases data or damage the equipments. The available storage media's are becoming more vulnerable to Extraneous Static Discharge (ESD)

Use of built-in features: Now days, many of the installation and diagnostic programs provide "Undo" disks that can restore the computer system to its original configurations in case if something goes wrong.

Simple mistakes can lead to severe data loss situations. After all being human-beings we have the right to commit mistakes but the ultimate solution to this problem is - Perform backups and save your business and data.

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