6 Common Data Recovery Myths Busted
For most people, we sit down at the computer, we power it up. We click on our file and take for granted that it will open, showing us the data that we need to complete whatever tasks need completion at the time. Eventually, the process may not work the way that you expected it to. A file may be lost, damaged, or corrupted. When that occurs it’s important to understand how the data recovery process works.
Below are six popular data recovery myths that we hear about quite a bit.
Data recovery software can be used to reliably recover just about anything.
This myth can be particularly dangerous when it comes to recovering valuable business data. This software can and often does cause permanent damage to the hard drive that prevents a complete recovery. It also may not be able to recover the data in question.
Reformatting a drive permanently deletes all data.
When you reformat a hard drive, it typically removes the file from the table of contents, leaving it in the same space. In many cases, when data is lost due to reformatting, it can be recovered by data recovery specialists.
When data is deleted, it can never be recovered.
This myth is complicated. It can vary from system to system. But the way that most hard drives work is that when a file is deleted, the space that file occupies is marked as available for new data. It isn’t truly deleted until the hard drive writes over it as it downloads new data.
If you can get the hard drive to a data recovery specialist before it writes over the lost file, you may still be able to recover what was lost.
Data recovery fixes the hard drive in question.
Data recovery specialists are able to restore a hard drive to the point where data is recoverable. But it’s rarely in a dependable state after that. The data that we recover is often copied to another device of their choice when it is returned.
Professional data recovery can be cost prohibitive.
Like any other service, you are paying for professionals’ time. Other factors including the circumstances around your data loss, how much data needs to be recovered, and the expertise of the recovery company can factor into the cost.
You must determine what the lost data is worth to your company as well. It may be more costly if you are forced to replace this information.
Any lost data is recoverable.
It’s not uncommon for data recovery companies that want your business to make extreme claims about their service. But the fact remains that the circumstances around your data loss will determine whether your data is recovery. For example, with physical damage to the hard drive, or the use of data recovery software, the chances that data is recoverable decrease dramatically.
Do Your Research Before Hiring a Data Recovery Specialist
Your data is critical to your ability to run your company. Before you trust the task of recovering it to anyone, you owe it to yourself to do your research. Make sure that the company is honest, and that they are not making promises that can’t be kept. It’s crucial that you can trust the company that is working to restore your valuable data.
How AI Can Aid with Data Recovery
How AI Can Aid with Data Recovery
Managing your company’s data backup process is more important now than ever. With more monetary value placed on data and information, hackers are more motivated than ever to attack and exploit it for their own gain. They may be using technology and developing new ways to damage your infrastructure and access your information.
Artificial intelligence can assist in backing up and securing your data in new ways. It can be a valuable asset when it comes to recovering or maintaining control of that data.
Automated Data Backups
New technologies are emerging on a regular basis that automate data backups. These programs can be trained to operate within the requirements of the business to ensure that data is always being backed up behind the scenes. These AI programs make automated backups more powerful and efficient and allow businesses to focus on activities that are more central to their mission.
Machine Learning Improves the Process
AI can collect information on a wide variety of viruses and malware. It can eliminate time-consuming research and understand and detect abnormal occurrences. All of this leads to a system that is better able to protect the user. It is an effective tool in fighting phishing, spamming, and threat analytics.
Machine learning and AI improve at their tasks quicker than their human counterparts – an attractive benefit when it comes to cybersecurity and data recovery. It’s an effective means to protect your valuable data. AI can become a powerful defense against more sophisticated attacks.
Responding to an Incident
When disaster strikes, AI can analyze the data faster and in more depth than a team of your most reliable employees. AI can also make fast recommendations based on that data to ensure that you respond to the incident that occurred in the most effective manner possible. AI may be able to assist in the data recovery process as well, by performing tasks such as reinstalling networks.
Recovering Technological Assets
The network configurations behind cloud computing can be largely overwhelming. AI can be a tremendous asset in the event of an outage, or other form of data loss. AI systems are being trained to monitor a technology system and intervene when risks or failures are being detected.
Why AI is a Necessary Aid
As businesses continue to grow, and the need for data continues to expand, AI can play an integral role in safeguarding that data. The need for backup systems, constant system analytics and monitoring, and response aid will only continue to rise in the near future. Businesses are also being required to abide by more regulations when it comes to the safekeeping of data. As the demands continue, AI provides a more efficient way for them to keep pace.
AI can automate the attacks against us. As hackers and those looking to exploit data have more powerful tools at their fingertips, it makes sense for businesses to use these same tools to maximize their protection.