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- 30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year.fail within five years. (Home Office Computing Magazine)
- 31% of PC users have lost all of their files due to events beyond their control.
- 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape back-up failures.
- 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.
- 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately. (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
- Companies that aren't able to resume operations within ten days (of a disaster hit) are not likely to survive. (Strategic Research Institute)
- Simple drive recovery can cost upwards of $10,000 and success is not guaranteed.
What causes data loss?
Among other causes, data loss can be attributed to system or human error, adverse environmental conditions and device failure (see below).
Human causes of data loss include intentional or accidental deletion or overwriting of files. Virus damage, operating system or application software bugs. Failed upgrades may also cause data loss.
Common physical causes of data loss include power loss or power surge, overheating, electrostatic discharge and any kind of physical damage to the storage device or medium.