Data Loss Caused by Hurricane Damage

Everyone has been glued to their TV’s watching the news of devastating hurricane’s Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida. The costs are being tallied for the loss of homes and businesses due to the massive force of hurricane winds and record-breaking floods in Houston and Jacksonville. As people are allowed back to their homes and businesses to survey the damage and count the loss, they will begin to realize not only the physical loss of possessions but the data loss caused by hurricane damage.

Data Loss Caused by Hurricane Damage

Dealing with the loss.

Hopefully most individuals and businesses will only need to replace computers to restore their data to from a cloud backup, but for those that store all data on their computers or local servers the story turns even more tragic. Family photos, financial documents, business reports, school reports and essays, favorite recipes and expensive company collateral could all be lost if you did not plan for a disaster like hurricane Harvey or Irma.

When dealing with water damaged hardware it is very important that one does not take matters into their own hands. Unless you are a skilled IT professional with the right set of hardware and software tools, you may do more damage to your computer or backup drive. Several data recovery companies have stepped forward to help assist individuals and businesses that need to recover important data from water damaged hardware.

There is hope for your devices

DriveSavers announced they would provide data recovery services to Texas residents who have lost data as a result of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi and all other affected areas. The company has donated time, resources and years of expertise to retrieve data from water-damaged hard drives, smartphones, tablets, laptops and other data storage devices. “DriveSavers is known for recovering data from severely damaged devices including those that have been dropped, burnt, crushed and fully submerged in water,” said Scott Moyer, president of DriveSavers. DriveSavers is only one of a handful of reputable data recovery companies to offer expertise to hurricane victims who have lost irreplaceable data like photos and videos of loved ones, business files and financial records.

What should I do?

When dealing with water damaged computers, Nas Drives, Raids and other data storage hardware, never attempt to power on a device that has suffered water damage and do not open or pry the device apart to obtain the flash or hard drive. Search for a data recovery center in your area as soon as possible. It is important to act quickly, while hard drives are sealed pretty well, water can seep in and begin to corrode the drive.

Being prepared with off-site cloud storage and backup before a natural disaster occurs is your best chance for full recovery. If you have questions about the security of your company’s data, please reach out to Kinetic Technology Group today to setup a free consultation. We would love the opportunity to come out and meet with you.