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Preserving Information for Times to Come

Aug 18, 2007
In today's world, none of us can escape from the essential task of data storage. As a result of the great rise in the use of computers that has taken place over the last two decades, data storage has come to acquire a new meaning. In the old days, paper and pencil records existed. The result was that too many files and folders occupied space on desks, chairs, and file cabinets.

We still have folders and files these days. They have just become a lot more accessible. Rather than occupy space on the office furniture, these folders occupy space on our computers. The records that are in use today are classified into hard copy and soft copy. These days, it is the latter that is rapidly gaining on the scale of indispensability. However, the differently-colored folders and files that grace our offices cannot be ignored just yet.

As far as storing hard copy goes, your best option is a file cabinet. Keep it organized from the very start and rest assured that files will be easily available. Maintain records of who uses which file and when, to reduce the likelihood of hard copy vanishing into thin air.

However, the task of storing soft copy is different. Computers, after all, are electronic products. Hence, they are vulnerable to all sorts of electrical problems. From power surges due to electrical storms, to motherboards that are destroyed by a virus, computers and the data stored on them are easy victims. If you are in an organization that has a lot of data stored on computers, minimizing the risk of data loss will have become an essential feature of your working.

This would require you to develop a data recovery plan, if for some reason, you lose your data. It is recommended to keep making backups of the stored data to minimize the possibility of data loss.

Many a time, we take it upon ourselves to try and repair drives that give trouble. Avoid doing this as you might lose even more data. Instead, get an expert to see to your problems.

Enterprise storage is an important issue in most modern-day organizations. There are several methods that you can use to limit data loss. One of the ways is that of using storage systems such as DAS, SAN and NAS. Of these, DAS (direct attached storage) is the oldest, though it continues to be popular. You could also try using data recovery software to take care of problems in the future.

There are many ways of working on data storage. Choose the best option for your storage needs after evaluating aspects like cost and availability requirements.
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