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How To Protect Yourself From Unintentional Data Losses

By Landon Cullenesian

It can be very troublesome to lose data on your computer by accident even more so, if those are vital to your work, business, or life in general. For instance, your collection of music you’ve accummulated for almost a decade.. Unintentional loss of data can be due to software glitches, data corruption, as well as hardware and power failure. Losing data is not only cumbersome, it is costly, and the cost will come from moving forward without the data, making the data again, and for businesses, disseminating information to consumers about the loss of data. To prevent loss of computer data, here are some measures you can stick to.

Retain backups

Having at least one copy of your original data on a separate disk media is still the best way to prevent loss of data. If the data is extremely important, it is best to have the backups at an off-site location to secure these from fire or natural calamities. While keeping backups can be a chore, specifically with bigger files, but this is an excellent way of preventing devastating data losses. Create hard drive partitions and don’t encrypt the entire drive By creating partitions there is a much higher likelihood of retrieving documents or files should something happen to one of the partitions. In case of a crash, a fully encrypted drive can make recovery difficult. If you really need to encrypt for reasons of secrecy, protect particular files instead of the entirety of the hard drive.

Practice good habits when using the computer

Case in point, if you don’t mean to use your computer for a long period of time , say 2 or 3 days, don’t forget to turn it off as not doing so places the unit at great risk for power spikes or surges. Additionally, keep your antivirus software regularly updated so that your computer is properly shielded against trojans, worms, viruses, and other malware that can erase or modify data in your computer causing it to stop responding. Also, do not share network access to just any individual as this can lead to data theft and modification.

Protect against sudden surges in incoming voltage

Power problems are the leading cause of loss of computer data, 15 times more common than losses resulting from malware. If your data is important for your work or business, it would be advantageous to purchase an uninterruptible power supply or UPS unit with voltage stabilizer to protect your computer against power failures and power surges. The spare battery in the UPS gives you ample time to save your documents and shutdown the computer properly to circumvent data loss and damage to computer hardware during blackouts. The automatic voltage regulator will give your computer reliable power by consistently regulating the incoming voltage and preventing spikes which can be damaging to hardware.

Data losses are not just cumbersome, they are costly. Hence, it is important to take the necessary steps and buying the right equipment. To know more about voltage stabilizer visit this link.

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Cullenesian, Landon "How To Protect Yourself From Unintentional Data Losses." How To Protect Yourself From Unintentional Data Losses. 17 Oct. 2012. 14 Jun 2015 <>.

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Cullenesian, L (2012, October 17). How To Protect Yourself From Unintentional Data Losses. Retrieved June 14, 2015, from

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