We were recently presented a laptop with a failed hard drive. The biggest problem is that all of the photos from this clients first born were on the computer, and there is NO backup of the files.
Like a bicycle, a hard disk is a mechanical device. Most of a computer’s other components are electronic and can only be damaged by electronic means (such as a power surge). Hard drives are subject to both electronic and mechanical stresses therefore increasing their chances of failure.
If you buy a hard drive today, there’s a 10% chance that it will fail in three years. If your drive makes it to the three-year point, there’s a 12% increase per year of the chance that your drive will fail.
When hard drives fail, they have to be sent out to a data restoration company. These companies have clean rooms where technicians disassemble the drive to determine the cause of the failure. They then work to resolve the issue and extract the data.
If you don’t backup your data, it will cost between $300 to $1,000 for a data recovery company to fix the failed drive, then extract all of your pictures and files. $300 is for a virus type situation and $1,000 is for mechanical failure. (Add $300 if your drive is over 1TB in size)
If you have a server, SAN, or workstation with multiple drives and experience a failure, ALL hard drives will have to be removed and sent in. Restoration costs for multiple drives range from $4,000.00 to $30,000.00.
Please make sure your data is backed up! The 3-2-1 rule is the best method to follow.
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