Data corruption is more common than you might think. In fact, many business operators fail to prepare for data corruption until it happens. It is one of the most common computer errors and it can be devastating; the world now relies on data more than ever and if you lose key pieces of it, then the commercial costs can be staggering.
There are plenty of options for data recovery out there, however, it is always best to be aware of the common causes of data corruption so that you can take steps to avoid them. As they say, prevention is always better than the cure. Data corruption is largely unavoidable, however, and it is likely you will suffer from it to some degree.
#1: Power Outages and Surges
By far the most common cause of data corruption is a power outage or power surge, and this is something which is completely unavoidable. Sure, you can use surge protectors, however, if the power goes out… it goes out. It is a fact of life and is something which cannot be prevented.
When the power goes out, then your servers and computers where data is stored suddenly suffer from an improper shutdown and hard restart. During this time, any data which is being processed – be it a transfer, modification or otherwise – will be abruptly stopped which can damage files and documents, making them unreadable.
#2: Malware Infections
Cybercrime is rife in the world right now and, sadly, cyber criminals are increasingly trying to infect computers and servers with their malware and viruses in order to either steal data or to just corrupt it for the sake of it. Malware infections corrupt files in many different ways, including encrypting them so they cannot be opened, hiding them, and outright deleting them.
The best way to avoid this is to use a premium and well-known piece of antivirus and anti malware software. As a business, you should be using an enterprise-level solution. Although this comes at a price, it is less than the cost of dealing with data corruption.
#3: Databases Which Are Too Large
Databases should be kept below a size of 500 MB. Why? Because large databases are difficult to read and have a lot more going on under the hood. For example, a database which is 50 GB in size is going to be accessed, read, modified, and saved a lot more frequently than a database 500 MB in size as programs will need to access the data more frequently. This can lead to overwrites and corrupted database cells which can cause serious data losses. Having multiple databases and regularly optimizing them is the key to avoiding database-related losses of data and files.
Data corruption is a major problem for modern businesses, especially those which process a lot of customer data, and is something you need to be aware of. By being aware of the causes and taking steps to avoid them, you can prevent the likelihood of your business suffering from data issues.