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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.

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Do these statistics meet with your experience? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Paragon Software

Image Credit: Norlando Pobre

  1. ChangK
    May 27, 2012 at 6:46 am

    What about backing up to the cloud more than 400GB? I had that option, it took some days, but at the end I uploaded the 400GB to the "cloud". Later on, my hdd died.. imagine now getting those 400GB from the cloud!! still trying to take out most of my files (most of it because the software used by the 'cloud' provider is so bad that crashes every time). Imaging this situation if you need your files asap! I believe having a NAS server (cheap and efficient) could solve this problem..

    • Matt Smith
      May 28, 2012 at 12:20 am

      I don't like cloud storage either. I'll keep it on my own physical media, thanks.

  2. big-b
    May 27, 2012 at 4:41 am

    my hard drive is smash up

  3. the other Paul
    May 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Do people actually upgrade hard drives, or just add another one to their existing computer? I mean, just because I ran out of space, doesn't mean I have to exchange it for a larger one. Personally I have three HDD on this machine, and couldn't be happier.

    I think another issue is that people only discard their HHD if they actually brake down. Not because they got a new one.

    As for solid state drives, the price is an issue. $150 for 120 gigs is a joke, when it's possible to get 5 times as much space for under $99, no matter the speed of the drive, $50 is a good amount of money.

    And cloud storage sounds good and all, but you have to rely on a private company to protect your personal data. Sure a company can be trusted, but it only takes one douchebag employee to ruin it's reputation. Also, you always have to be connected to web to access it, and a lot of cloud storage you have to pay for, which I'm sure is also taken into an account when choosing a backup option.

    • Matt Smith
      May 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      The SSD is also going to be 5 times quicker. So no, the price is not a joke.

      • Raps
        May 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        Considering what I used to pay for a couple fast scii II drives, SSDs are a bargain. Funny how a cheaper alternative suddenly devalues a piece of hardware. I guess perceived value is all relative.

      • Sachin Kanchan
        May 27, 2012 at 3:54 am

        but the new SATA 6.0 is faster than the old one and its price more than justifies its speed....

        • Matt Smith
          May 28, 2012 at 12:19 am

          I'm not sure what you mean by this? SATA 6.0 is just a connection technology. It doesn't make a hard drive faster unless its was exceeding SATA speeds and only solid state drives do that.

        • Sachin Kanchan
          May 28, 2012 at 5:32 am

          sorry for that, got it cleared now...

  4. Paul
    May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I want to know the statistic of those people that were questioned about SSD to see what percent even knew what SSD Hard Drives are?

  5. Susendeep Dutta
    May 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    No,such statistic doesn't apply to me as I already backup my data to my pendrive.I still don't like cloud storage and SSDs as they both have so much disadvantages.

    Cloud storage has limited amount of free storage and works only when connected to internet.SSDs have high failure rate as they've limited read/write cycle,costly too.

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      May 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Using SSD to backup data because it won't practically reach the limit of cycle and you are actually using Pendrive so you are using an SSD drive to store your data so there would be no problem if you purchase SSD for your mass backup .

    May 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Does any of this really surprise anyone? I have had to recover data for family and friends dozens of times because they had no backup of their data. Many hold on to old computers because they do not know how to safely wipe their data. I saw this again just this weekend.

    As for SSDs, when they have a failure rate similar to HDs then I will consider them. I will not recommend them to anyone either.

    Most people use a computer the same way they would use an appliance. They just plug it in and use it.

    • Mike DeGeorge
      May 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      SSDs can last over one hundred years before failing.

      • Scutterman
        May 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

        I hire a small Multiplay game server and they use SSDs. The failure rate and the number of times they take machines down to do maintenance on the drives shows me that "can last over 100 years" is very different to "do last over 100 years".

        • Eoin
          May 22, 2012 at 6:21 am

          This is mostly because Multiplay cuts corners and uses cheap sandforce drives. Other providers using crucial or intel drives don't have the same sort of issues. disclamer : I run a gsp

        • Craig Fletcher
          May 22, 2012 at 8:34 am

          Eoin: It is generally considered bad business to slate your competition, certainly in public, and especially when you are making statements that are factually incorrect. We do not cut corners with our drives.

          We use predominantly the Corsair F60, which outperforms the others in terms of IOPS. Given our application for this is minecraft, this is the key requirement for good performance. Intel drives get nowhere near the sustained levels we see with the Corsair.

          The reason for the take downs is at present there is no TRIM support in FreeBSD. There soon will be as we have sponsored a project to have it added, which is now nearing completion. This will dramatically reduce the number of drives having to be taken down for secure erases.

          We are finding actual failure rates, i.e. "bricked" drives, with SSD is on par with mechanical drives. This in itself is a bit worrying though, as you would expect a solid-state non-moving-part drive to outperform mechanical drives. Hopefully, we will see this get better as the tech moves forward.

        • steveh
          May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

          I think your miss-understanding the reason for the maintenance there Scutterman, its not due to failures its to perform a secure erase which is the method used to restore write performance to SSD's that is key for MC servers.

          This does happen more than we would like due to the lack of TRIM support on the file system we use, but that will change soon as we're sponsoring an open source project to add TRIM. So not only will this help, if not eliminate, the need for use to perform maintenance on our SSD's we're also contributing it back to the community :D

          For Eoin's benefit this is the same for all SSD's as its due to how flash memory works. If you want to read up on this there's some good articles on anandtech.

          With regards SSD manufactures, Intel actually use sandforce controllers in their latest drive and if you did your research properly you'd know that even now Crucial disks don't have the write performance (IOP's) required to support MC servers in a GSP environment. Which is something Multiplay, as the worlds largest Minecraft host knows a lot about ;-)

        • Scutterman
          May 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

          This is all good information, and very interesting. It may be worth noting that I get all of my updates via the ClanForge news rss feed, so more information or links to further reading in these would be beneficial to me.

          Oh, and I should have mentioned in my last post, I'm pretty happy with Multiplay, and I do understand that any disks under constant stress will need regular maintenance.

      • Scutterman
        May 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm

        I'm really bad for backing up. I have a 2TB NAS that I bought for the purpose, and I got Genie Timeline Backup from a little while ago, I just haven't had time to set them up yet. Most important stuff is in my dropbox folder or on various webservers somewhere since at the moment I'm mainly using my PC for web dev and when I get back to game dev I'll be using GIT.

        I never throw anything away, so I haven't had to wipe one of my own hdds yet, but I do know how to do it properly, and I'd probably dismantle shred it after I was done to make sure.

        I'm not considering SSDs right now. I've seen 3TB HDDs for £99 and 125GB SSDs for £150. Considering when I play games at the moment I'm recording a lot of it, I tend to fill up space quickly and a low storage device would limit the play time before I had to transfer it to the NAS.

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