A new study from Paragon Software suggests that most people do not properly protect the data found on old hard drives and a smaller number of people fail to backup data to a safe location.
Paragon polled users of the company’s Hard Disk Manager to gain insight into their habits. About half of the respondents reported that they did not wipe data from old hard drives before discarding them or, if they did, only re-formatted the disk. Old drives that are discarded in this manner could become a privacy issue if they are recovered by another person.
The company also found that 15% of its users backed up data to the same drive used to store the data being backed up. This simply serves as a reminder as to why basic steps like “backup on an external hard drive” require repetition. There are still PC users who aren’t obeying this basic rule.
A total of 66% of respondents reported they did not use data migration software when upgrading to a new hard drive and a further 58% said they did not use any form of data virtualization or cloud storage. Both numbers are surprisingly high and suggest that cloud storage has yet to become popular outside of the geek community.
Solid state hard drives are also continuing to struggle with mainstream adoption. Over 40% of respondents did not have any plans to upgrade to an SSD and only 23% reported that they planned to upgrade in the near future.
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Source: Paragon Software
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