We backup data to prevent data loss. No matter how much you look after your hard drive or flash device they will most likely fail sooner or later. Hard drives are not made to last forever, however some hard drives will last for years but some hard drives will last for months, we’ve seen every outcome imaginable here at R3.
Drives will start to gradually build up bad sectors over time and this will start the drives road to failure, once the drive had accumulated a large number of bad sectors the drive will no longer be able to re-allocate any more sectors and you will see the drive start to slow down and fail. No matter how much you look after your drive this will start to happen, you are not able to prevent this.
It is similar with flash devices, bad blocks will start to accumulate on the NAND chip which is where the data is stored, this again cannot be controller and with a lot of manufacturers trying to cut costs this is happening more and more often because the quality of a lot of flash devices these days are becoming worse and worse.
There are a lot more reasons we back up data, things like power fluctuations can affect and potentially mechanically damage hard drives that are plugged in and powered on when something happens to the power, mechanical failures can happen by power fluctuations or things like being dropped. This is also another reason why we backup data.
If the data is important to you data backups should be done periodically and the backup should be kept in a safe place where it cannot be damaged or affected by any power fluctuations or anything that could potentially damage the back up drive in anyway.
This question is really down to personal preference and choice. We always recommend to back up your data as soon as anything changes, if that is not possible a weekly backup would be the next best thing. There is no definitive answer as to how often you should back data up, like previously mentioned it is all down to personal preference and how often data changes on the device you need to back up.
Something else that you need to take into consideration is the amount of data, if you’re thinking about backing up a flash device it can be done daily as flash devices are not usually larger than 32GB, they can obviously be larger but not often. However, if you are having to back up a 50TB server which is full it cannot be done daily, purely due to the amount of data.
The more often you back up your data the less likely you are to lose any of that data however the less you back up the more likely you are to be prone to data loss. It all really depends on how important the data is to you and how much data there is, it is all down to personal preference.
Physical backup is when your data is backed up to a physical storage device like an external hard drive or a NAS box. With physical backups you have a cost as you have to buy hard drives or flash devices to keep the data on.
Logical back up is storing data on the cloud, websites like drop box are becoming more and more popular as they offer a free storage location for people to store photos, precious family moments etc, without the cost of buying hard drives or the worry that the drive might fail sooner or later losing all the data on it and therefore meaning you will need data recovery services.
Here at R3 Data Recovery we see all types of storage devices small and large, in both size and storage capacity. For a FREE quotation on your storage device call us on 0800 999 3282 or alternatively email us at [email protected].
I lost my data after inadvertently deleting my hard drive instead of my wife’s micro SD card in her phone. This was late at night after putting in some serious hours so I can only assume I was over tired and not really thinking. I right clicked the drive I thought was my wife’s card, it asked if I wanted to format it, I said ok and renamed it. A few seconds passed and I took out the SD card put it in the phone and the photos were still there. It took me a few moments to realise what I had done. When I went to the drive that held ten years work there was nothing there and it was renamed.
I went drip white I could hardly breathe… My wife came in asking what was wrong I explained that I had deleted the hard drive and lost everything not just photos, contracts, books I wrote, manuals for my company, all the history of everything I had ever done.
I quickly Googled data recovery whilst my wife found my friend Jack Daniels, there were a few that came up some saying they were 24 hours, when I rang no answer. I came across R3 Data Recovery and they said they were 24 hours, I rang and a real person answered my call. The chap I spoke to calmed me down, asked what I had done and what I had done after. I had the insight to not try and do anything myself as well as do nothing else to the drive. He told me they have great success and a good track record. I explained to him that right now I had lost anything so any data recovery would be better than none.
I have now had the drive back for a week or so and I have not found any of the work that is missing. I have lost my honeymoon pictures, however I may have these on disc somewhere. I estimate the data recovery is about 85%-90% successful. I know there are things missing but it has allowed me to carry on seamlessly without any major issues. I have as of yet to have really missed something. There was a bit of a glitch with the lead that when I connected the drive to the computer it told me the drive had malfunctioned. They organised a pick up the next day and within three days I had a new lead and the data was there. I think all in all even with the lead issue the returned my data within the ten days they said.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. Do not go for anyone else nor attempt anything yourself just call these guys and leave it with them, They kept me very informed and have done a cracking job I am amazed… they exceeded my expectations, thankfully.
Thank you R3 Data Recovery
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