“A stitch In Time saves nine.”
We are in an era called the information age; in this age, information drivesthe world as stone in the Stone Age, knowledge the enlightenment age,and oil the industrial age. Everything that is important to our survival onthe earth now is in the form of information which can be stored andretrieved inappropriate media.We all have been caught up and have gotten into the flow of thisphenomenon. We now store music, pictures, important documents anddatabases and so on, on flash drives, computer hard drives, Compactdiscs, DVD’s etc. obviously, we store them so that we can retrieve themlater on when they become of need it may on a daily, weekly, monthly oreven yearly basis. But very few us ever consider the risk of losing suchdata unless such a calamitous occurrence has happened to the onebefore. There are various ways in which precious data stored on such retrievaldevices can be lost. I will outline and elaborate and a few a hope that itconvinces you (the one reader this piece) to find suitable insurance.
HARD DISC CRUSHES:
About 30 percent of hard discs crush intheir first year alone and even after the first year there is everychance that the hard disc can crush at any point in time.CD’s and DVD’s also become unreadable when there are a highnumber of scratches on the surface. Again, any high speed CD orDVD drive can break a scratched CD or DVD during the spinningand reading process, and data stored on such a CD or DVDwithout adequate backup will be lost forever.
demand for these devices and their electroniccomplements are very high and some people will stop at nothingto lay hand on these things. Research has shown that only about1 percent of all stolen laptops are ever recovered.
Fires, floods and other disasters can cost a lot byeight total loss of the devices or by rendering them unusable. InGhana a story is said of a minister of state and Member of Parliament who lost all his documents in a flood and for that gothimself the nickname “Tsunami”.
you may accidentally delete data bydeleting the wrong one, one can also accidentally delete data byreplacing it with something different but with the same nameand file extension.
VIRUSES AND FILE CORRUPTION:
viruses can causecorruption of data, hide you original folders and replace themwith executable replicas, render data inaccessible by the userand so many other things. Data can also be corrupted when theyare moved about from one storage medium to another. It is not