Data Loss Impacts Businesses and Consumers Alike
Notebook and PC crashes were the leading cause of data loss among both businesses and home users, while solid state drive device loss ranked second.Hard disk drive (HDD) crashes more than doubled in the last four years and are listed as the most common cause of data loss, according to a survey from backup software developer Kroll Ontrack conducted among its customers across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Among those businesses, 15 percent admit to losing personal data from their business machine, contrasted with 7 percent who acknowledged losing business-related data from their home machine. More than one-quarter (27 percent) said their most recent loss disrupted a business process, such as prohibiting them or their company from actually providing a product or service to their customers. Notebook and PC crashes were the leading cause of data loss among both businesses (71 percent) and home users (72 percent), and solid state drive (SSD) device loss ranked second, accounting for 18 percent of data loss cases for home users and 10 percent for businesses.
"As data storage evolves, so do the numbers of places we store it," Todd Johnson, vice president of data recovery operations for Kroll Ontrack, said in a statement. "Therefore, it isn’t surprising that critical business data is at stake among both company-owned and personal devices. Since data is key to how we function in both worlds, accessibility is critical."