It’s 2016, and we take our multi-terabyte hard drives for granted. Not so long ago, one megabyte storage devices were an upcoming standard, and programs had to be loaded on using 1.44 MB floppy disks. But now, storage is cheap, and most businesses have moved from paper records to electronic storage.
The problem with hard drive storage
Unfortunately, however, hard drives are still prone to failure. Older Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) are particularly susceptible, due to the number of spinning parts inside. According to the Cloud Backup service BackBlaze, 22% of spinning hard drives fail in the first four years of use. And after that point, the numbers increase.
But Solid State Drives (SSDs), the slightly more expensive alternative with no moving parts, are no less vulnerable. Because of the way the drive stores, reads, and rewrites data, circuits inside can eventually build up electrical resistance, “rotting” into a read-only state. You might be able to get files off of the drive at the end, but the drive becomes functionally unusable.
There are ways to limit the probability of hard drive failure, and certainly as time goes on, technology has improved, but the end result is the same: protecting your data is crucial to prevent loss.
Don’t let your data disappear
At Cloud Atlas, we believe in a Rule of Three: one copy on the user’s computer, a duplicate copy onsite with them, and a third copy based in the cloud. Having these three copies ensures that no data is lost and users can get up and running again as quickly as possible after a catastrophic drive failure.
If you’re interested in our backup service, feel free to contact us.
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