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Kroll Offers DR Tips

MINNEAPOLIS -- According to Kroll Ontrack, the industrys leading data recovery provider, today – the first day of summer – officially marks the busy season for data recovery experts as extreme summer weather causes the loss of critical information for businesses across the nation. With forecasters predicting another difficult year of extreme summer weather – 17 named storms, including five major hurricanes – Kroll Ontrack offers the following tips for protecting critical data against damage:

  • Ensure computers and servers are kept in a cool, dry area to minimize the risks of drive failure from overheating.
  • Check protection devices regularly. At least once a year you should inspect your power protection devices to make sure that they are functioning properly. Most good ones will have a signaling light to tell you when they are protecting your equipment properly.
  • Use dedicated circuits. Putting the computer on its own power circuit, so it isn't sharing the power with your air conditioner, greatly improves the power quality and insulates the PC from power sags when these devices are turned on.
  • Businesses with network servers should invest in some form of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), which uses batteries to keep servers running during power outages.
  • Lightning can be a significant problem during seasonal storms. Make sure to install a surge protector between the power source and the computer’s power cable – and spend the extra $20-$30 to get an actual surge protector, not a power strip.
  • Backups serve no useful purpose in a crisis if the data preserved on it isn’t current. Backups need to be tested regularly to ensure they are less likely to encounter problems.
  • Keep a back-up copy of your data offsite in a separate location from your computer and/or servers so that if one location is damaged, a copy will still exist.

“In most cases, successful recovery of data can be achieved in less time than rebuilding the lost data from scratch. This method of recovery results in less downtime and fewer financial headaches,” said Jim Reinert, senior director of Software and Services for Ontrack Data Recovery. “In addition to an existing backup plan, having a trusted data recovery company in your back pocket is another crucial factor to protect any organization against a data loss catastrophe.”

Kroll Ontrack Inc.