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Four steps to prevent a data disaster

A disaster recovery plan is a significant aspect of data security for entrepreneurs and individuals alike.


A disaster recovery plan is an important aspect of data security for individuals and entrepreneurs alike. However, many users forgo the planning and implementation of their recovery system. Nearly 57% of small businesses reported no disaster recovery plan in place to a previous Symantec study and the individual numbers should be much higher.

This inaction will eventually bring major consequences to those unlucky enough to experience a severe data disaster. To help those interested in preparing finally, here are four tips to survive the worst.

Worst-case scenario

There is an old saying that fits disaster planning perfectly; plan for the worst and hope for the best. As long as you can effectively account for the worst-case scenario in your disaster preparedness plan, then minor inconveniences should never catch you off-guard or cause any significant down-time.

You must create an emergency action plan for your data systems. The first action to take will be to complete an full inventory of your storage systems and hardware. Once you know where and how everything is stored, you can begin to plan how to recover and replace individual pieces of hardware up to entire systems.

This is also a great time to begin researching data recovery specialists. Taking the time to choose a recovery specialist prior to an emergency allows you to make an informed decision without the pressure of immediate results. You will have a better chance of picking a reputable service.

Protect and backup your files

Prevention is the best protection from disaster. This is a two-fold step that requires the creation of a structured backup plan as well as tiered virus protection.

A structured backup plan normally consists of several backup copies, which are stored in multiple locations and includes version control. You must consider online backup storage as well as a physical copy stored at an offsite location in order to provide the widest range of coverage. Version control keeps the communication overhead down, while keeping only the most current version of your backups active.

Virus and malware protection is self-explanatory. Unauthorized access to data is a significant threat to everyone who interacts with the internet. Adequate virus and malware protection systems should be in place and kept current.

Verify lost data is lost

This may seem like a wasted step and for many it may be so, but before spending man-hours and money on solving a problem, verify there is an issue. Make sure the missing or corrupted file is exactly that. Many times a specific file may have been mislabeled or accidently moved to a different folder.

Bring in a professional

You have done everything possible to protect your data, but sometimes damage will still happen. Do not make the problem worse by trying to diagnose or repair the problem yourself. Sometimes the includes dick repairs and free recovery programs can exacerbate the problem making it even more difficult to recovery lost data.

Data recovery specialist are trained and educated with the most efficient and effective recovery processes. Why not invest a little money now and have the problem solved first. Contact the recovery specialist that you researched in step one.

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