Lots of things can affect your backup solutions. From sunspots, hardware failures to even electrical or magnetic impulses. But often, these are not the most common backup failure causes. The most common causes are actually preventable, just by understanding how backups work and applying best practices to your routines. That said, here are the most common reasons your data backup is broken.
- Viruses and Malware Attacks
While being connected to the internet has its benefits, it also has its downfalls. For instance, there’s always a new virus that puts your data at risk every day. Therefore, regardless of how prepared you might be, viruses and malware could infect your backup doing away or tampering with your data. It’s, therefore, a necessary precaution to be wary of these viruses at all times.
- Hardware or System Malfunctions
Surveys on data loss cases show that more than two-fifths of backup failures are as a result of hardware or system malfunctions. From electrical causes, power failures, head crash to controller failures; backup breakages can be devastating. There’s, therefore, the need to exercise extra caution when it comes to handling backup solutions. Using UPS’s, for example, can help reduce data losses resulting from power failure.
- Accidental Deletions
Human error, such as the accidental deletion, is another common data loss cause. Every single day, we update, save, backup and even delete files from our reserves. As such, you can end up losing some quite vital information by accidental deletion or overwriting of data. It’s advisable thus to minimize the number of people accessing our backups to the necessary and also be extra careful with them.
As opposed to the above backup breakage causes, natural disasters are the most uncontrollable. Fires, earthquakes, floods and even brownouts are to some extent out of our control. Fortunately, only 3% of these happen often. However, they are as significant as any of the above.
- Software Corruption
Almost all of us have experienced some backup software glitch at some point. And even if you haven’t, chances are that you might suffer the same, sooner or later, unless you are quite careful. It’s therefore wise to be cautious at all times, save your documents frequently, and even use diagnostic utilities wisely.
Finally, while no precautions are full-proof, the above should significantly improve the resistance of your backup options to breakages. Keep your backups safe, and enjoy a great working experience.