Common issues with data recovery and how to fix them

You have decided to sit at your desk and finish up some work when your computer suddenly crashes. What now? You reboot your computer in hopes that the system auto-saved because you were almost done, but the system failed to save your latest version. When your system finally reboots, you find that you are left with the first paragraph staring you back in the face. As this happens, you find yourself thinking that you really wish you had a data recovery plan. Even if you were not thinking that, you cannot underestimate the importance of having one. What are some of the other common issues that you might encounter with data recovery?

Problem #1: No Data Recovery Plan

Around 60 percent of respondents to a survey said that they had no data recovery plan. You might even say that you have Steve, the tech-savvy employee, to back up your systems. Here’s the problem: having an employee is not the same as having experts. For one thing, Steve’s busy working on your IT systems when you could free him up for other work. Second, Steve just will not have the same expertise as someone who specializes in data recovery.

Solution: Hire a professional data recovery company to make sure that you will be protected in your time of need.

Problem #2: 50 Percent of Businesses Report Data Loss from Failed Software

While you may have a plan in place, the technology being used could be all wrong. For more than half of the organizations, hardware failures were one of the biggest causes of data loss and outages. In fact, a harrowing 15 percent of organizations have the ability to give reports related to their activities in data recovery. Outdated hardware and equipment has become a real problem. Just because it works does not mean that it works right.

Solution: Update your equipment once in a while and bring in a professional to have it updated. Also, stay updated on the latest data recovery techniques.

Problem #3: No Testing of the Plan

How do you know if your data recovery plan works? Your data recovery plan is a waste of time if you’re not testing it occasionally to make sure that it works. Knowing how the plan will be executed during the day of disaster is incredibly important.

Solution: Test your data recovery plan weekly. You have two main tests that you should practice. You have a general system test and an applications disaster event specific test. Doing both will ensure that everything is running correctly.

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