Causes of Data Lose

by Gary Cox

data loseThere are many causes of data loss so that is why having a backup is essential for everyone who has information that they do not want to lose.

The word data in this article encompasses but is not confined to the following: pictures, documents, music, videos and miscellaneous files such as emails, websites and settings.

Causes of Data Loss

Amongst the many causes of data loss we have identified the following:

  • Accidental deletion
  • Factory restore accidentally
  • Windows or Apple install gone wrong
  • Bad sectors on the drive
  • Damaged or failing heads on the Hard Disk Drive
  • Corrupt file system
  • System format
  • Removing drive before ejecting
  • Power spikes or fluctuations

Data Storage Devices

The different devices that store data include and again are not limited to:

  • Mechanical internal Hard Disk Drives
  • USB flash drives
  • SD cards and the like
  • DVD and CD’s
  • Solid State Drives
  • External Hard Disk Drives
  • NAS (Network Attached Storage) units

What to do If Data is Lost

If files have been lost then the best option is to turn off the computer or device.

This will stop any further damage from occurring.

The worst thing to do is to start installing recovery software.  Recovery software can and probably will overwrite any deleted or lost files.

The best option is to stop and consider the possibilities and call a professional Computer Repair Technician before attempting to recover data.

Too often we see people make matters worse by attempting to fix the problem or have an untrained person try and fix the problem. When in doubt seek assistance from us at GCComp Computer Repair & Maintenance and we can guide you through the many options that could be available.

Call us on 072-898-0362 to answer your questions or to provide Computer and IT Support, we would be happy to hear from you. We at GCComp have the experience and technical knowledge to help your business with your technology issues “We know technology so you don’t have to”. 


Published by Coxy

A confident and talented IT technician with extensive practical experience of working with computers and resolving any support issues that are raised to him. Possessing a proven ability to administer and control the operation, configuration and maintenance of computer based information systems, as well as having an eye for detail and able to multi-task under pressure.

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