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Information is Priceless: Guard Against Data Loss

Information is priceless. And by information, we don’t just mean the “business” kind. There is no question that the value of information contained on a corporate computer or server has extreme value. Most of the time, we know exactly what value that kind of information has. But what about a family portrait, an image of a child’s first birthday, or photos of some other significant event? What value can be placed on such things? For most of us, the answer would be simple: They’re priceless. Why then do many of us take the chance of losing precious, priceless data due to the lack of having data protection software on our computers?

File recovery software is perhaps the best form of insurance there is.

“We would receive Panic Calls every few weeks asking about a file that had been deleted,” says the IT Director of a major healthcare company. “The deletion always occurred between our scheduled backups.”

It is estimated that deletions, accidental or not, cost the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars annually.

Getting a good data protection program just isn’t something that we apparently think about until it’s too late. The very fact that deletions happen to big corporation who at least attempt to protect themselves with tape backup, means that the average computer user has likely deleted a great many important files that he or she never meant to delete.

There is a theory that we behave this way because of overconfidence in the Window’s Recovery Bin. But, as many of us have found out, the Recovery Bin is really not much protection at all. There are many situations where the deletion will bypass the Recovery Bin, and, in the case of “save overs”, the Recovery Bin is absolutely useless.

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“Save overs”, for those not familiar with this term, is what happens when you “save” a document over another document. For example, if you make changes to document “A”, and then simply hit the Save icon, you just lost all of the data in your original document.

The best insurance against catastrophe is to simple find and install a good file recovery program. One of the better ones is a program called Undelete by Diskeeper Corporation.

Undelete also has a “Version Control” which allows users to recover files that have been “saved over”, which is a great insurance policy against one of the prime sources of deletions.

The bottom line is that if your data is valuable to you and you cannot afford to lose it, don’t take chances. Go to Google, search the net with a search term like “data protection” and find a software program that’s going to give you piece of mind and ensure no more accidents.

Contact: Colleen Toumayan
Email: ctoumayan@diskeeper.com

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