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Reasons for data loss and how to recover lost files

Reasons for data loss and how to recover lost files
  • On December 28, 2016

With a share of more than 87% (source), Windows is a dominant force in the Desktop Operating system market. Even though Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 10, is secure and receives regular monthly patches, you are not immunized against data loss. Hardware & software failures, intentional and unintentional actions, and disasters are among the main reasons for data loss, according to EaseUS – a company specialized in Data recovery software for multiple operating systems.

In the infographic below you can see that the main cause of data loss is unintentional action. Whether for virus attacks, a system hack, mistaken deletion of hard drive partitions or files, the unintentional actions account for 44% of the data loss. As many users are still running PCs with old version of Windows such as XP (8.63% of the overall Desktop users), it’s very important to know that you must secure your devices to prevent them from being hacked. Upgrading to the latest version of Windows would significantly reduce the risk of data loss. However, if such a scenario occurs, a data recovery software may help you restore lost data.

Hardware and software failures are also main reasons why you may lose data. PCs, tablets, phones, and other devices can break at any time, leaving you without access to files when the hardware failure is connected to the hard drive / memory cards.

Losing data and files is a relatively widespread issue, both among business and individuals. 72% of the interviewed companies have reported a data loss in the past 2 years, while 46% of the normal users have lost data in the past 10 years. Considering the fact that the majority of the PCs in use still have hard drives, most of us should be concerned not to lose important files, photos and contacts due to a hardware failure – 50% of the hard drives might die within 5 years.

Our advice is to better protect your computers, create backups, upload important files to the cloud, and if data loss happens – use software-based recovery as a cheaper option.

Source: EaseUS Data Loss and Recovery