Data Storage: 13 Common Data Storage Failures and How Likely the Files Can Be Recovered

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-08-25 Print this article Print
13 Common Data Storage Failures and How Likely the Files Can Be Recovered

13 Common Data Storage Failures and How Likely the Files Can Be Recovered

by Chris Preimesberger specializes in high-end IT system data recovery. The company's clients include the NASA Space Shuttle program, financial services providers and other such enterprises. Dyan Parker, the company's chief performance officer, told eWEEK that she's used to seeing horribly burned-up or water-soaked hard disk drives. Even so, "if it's technically possible, we will recover [lost data]. What sets us apart is that we will do special research and development on particular kinds of problems and create our own proprietary utilities to get the job done; most other companies don't have the capability to do that." Parker cited a recent case in which a major bank lost all of its backup data. "It would have been unrecoverable, except that we went in and retrieved the data by reverse-engineering," Parker said. now has specialized expertise in virtualized storage systems. This was developed through the company's recent successful retrieval of Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format data from a Hyper-V virtualized server. Parker offered a list of's 13 most common ways hard drives become trashed and how likely it is that the data can be recovered. Do you see yourself in any of the following scenarios?
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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