Disasters are interesting things. We never want to be involved in one, however, we seem to be drawn to depictions or actual descriptions of them. For example, the sci fi channel seems to run a disaster movie marathon at least once a month. News flashes on television immediately draw our attention if they are about some natural or man-made disaster. As interesting as they might be, it is important that we do assess our own situations and plan for any disasters that could happen to us. For a small to medium sized business, this includes the protection of vital business data.

The two basic parts of a disaster plan should include the actions to take during the disaster and the actions necessary to recover from the disaster. For example, planning the actions to take during a natural disaster would include determining evacuation routes, safe shelter locations and emergency communications. Disaster recovery plans should include provision for food, water and shelter.

Some disasters are not really earth-shaking; however, their impact on an individual business can be devastating. Data loss disasters can drive a small or medium sized business into extinction. According to recent surveys taken in the United States, Britain and France, 20 percent of businesses in this category have experienced data loss.

Part of any business’s data disaster recovery plan should include researching companies that can perform hard drive recovery. As more of our data is stored on personal computers and servers, finding a trustworthy hard drive recovery engineer or laboratory should be a priority. Furthermore, the prevalence of smartphones in business environments necessitates that an effective flash drive recovery source is found as well.