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Kroll Reveals Data Recovery Research

MINNEAPOLIS -- Commemorating 20 years of successful data recovery, Kroll Ontrack, the industrys leading data recovery provider through its Ontrack® Data Recovery services, has compiled a list of facts and figures that shows how reliant we’ve become on electronic data… and the recovery of it.

The amount of electronic data we create and consume has exploded over the last 20 years. For instance, in 1987 there were less than 50 million computers used worldwide, while today there are more than one billion. Furthermore, in 1987 the average hard drive stored less than 30 megabytes of information, while today 80-100 gigabyte drives are the norm. Currently, more than 90 percent of all business records are produced electronically, and less than 30 percent are reproduced in paper form. As a result of our growing reliance on electronic data, it’s no wonder Kroll Ontrack has seen the following astounding changes take place over the past 20 years:

  • In 1987, Kroll Ontrack performed less than 50 data recoveries. In 2006 alone, the company performed more than 50,000 data recoveries.
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