It is an unpleasant fact. No matter how reliable a piece of technology is, there is still the possibility of failure. Sometimes the result of the failure is catastrophic. When the failure is your computer’s hard drive, the potential loss of data affects your bottom line, both personally and professionally. The business professional faces the possibility of financial loss when a company computer fails. Many documents may have to be re-created, resulting in lost time and money. Some data, however, cannot be re-created or replaced.

Solid state drives, called SSDs, are supposed to be the fastest and most reliable drive technology available. Data is stored in flash memory; therefore, there are no mechanical parts to wear out and fail. It appears, however, that failures can and do affect SSD. Intel recently announced that there was a possible bug in their Intel SSD 320 drives on July 25, 2011. The bug, named the “Bad Context 13x Error,” can reportedly lose drive data after experiencing an unexpected power loss. The error causes the BIOS to misreport the drive’s size as 8 megabytes. A firmware upgrade fix is being developed for the error.

The Data Rescue Center, a data recovery company in Livermore, California, recommends that you take action before trouble strikes. Even if your drive is not currently affected, a firmware upgrade can cause problems occasionally on working drives. A routine backup minimizes data loss impact and enhances the chance for success of harddrive recovery. Perform a maintenance scan and backup before upgrading to minimize the impact of laptop hard drive data recovery.