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

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-08-25
 
 
 

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

by Chris Preimesberger

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

Human error (file deletion, formatting a hard drive etc., The the most common way files are lost):

Good probability of recovery.

Human error (file deletion, formatting a hard drive etc., The the most common way files are lost):

Computer viruses:

Good probability of recovery.

Computer viruses:

Software files corruption (database file gets corrupt because of a software glitch):

Good probability of recovery.

Software files corruption (database file gets corrupt because of a software glitch):

Media logical problem (file system corruption, etc.):

Good probability of recovery.

Media logical problem (file system corruption, etc.):

Media physical problem with bad electronics (circuitry of the media goes bad):

Good probability of recovery.

Media physical problem with bad electronics (circuitry of the media goes bad):

Media Physical problem with internal damage (bad head stack) [Magnetic Hard Drives only];

Fair probability of recovery.

Media Physical problem with internal damage (bad head stack) [Magnetic Hard Drives only];

Media Physical problem with bad motor (drive doesnt spin, etc:) [Magnetic hard drives only];

Fair probability of recovery.

Media Physical problem with bad motor (drive doesnt spin, etc:) [Magnetic hard drives only];

Natural disasters (flood, fire etc.):

fair probability of recovery.

Natural disasters (flood, fire etc.):

Dropped storage meeting in a laptop got dropped or an external drive:

fair probability of recovery.

Dropped storage meeting in a laptop got dropped or an external drive:

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Flash media write/overwrite limit exceeded (excessive usage will eventually cause flash memory to fail): fair probability of recovery.

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Degraded tape media:

fair probability of recovery.

Degraded tape media:

Bad quality or aging CD/DVD storage media (over time the film on a CD/DVD will degrade):

poor to fair probability of recovery.

Bad quality or aging CD/DVD storage media (over time the film on a CD/DVD will degrade):

Known manufacturing defects causing loss of access to data:

poor to fair probability of recovery.

Known manufacturing defects causing loss of access to data:

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