Storage devices have evolved a great deal over the years, and data recovery itself has changed at the same time and in the same way. For one thing, data storage devices used to have such an alarmingly low capacity compared to what people have at their disposal today that data storage devices were only going to be capable of so much. The floppy disks were the original data storage devices that people used. People could fill up entire floppy disks with the pages of the books that they were trying to write, given how small the capacity of these disks really was. Floppy disks were extremely fragile outside of their hard plastic shell. They could get easily damaged even with their hard, plastic shell, and the entire contents of the floppy disk would be damaged at the same time.
Compact disks were introduced later, and they had more of a storage capacity. However, they were also prone to get scratched and damaged, which was only going to increase the odds that these devices would eventually be destroyed and take all of their important stored information with them. Zip disks were introduced later, and they had more than seventy times the storage capacity of the floppy disks that they managed to partly replace.
However, even though they were capable of storing more data, zip disks were going to be just as vulnerable as all other external portable storage devices. The USB drives and external hard drives that replaced them in the twenty-first century were more of the same at the end of the day. These had an even greater storage capacity, which managed to give a lot of people a false sense of security when it came to backing up all of their files. However, these storage devices all suffered from the same fatal flaw: they were portable and the data would get destroyed if they got destroyed. Data recovery is only going to be possible under very limited circumstances when people are relying on devices like these since the devices need to be okay for data recovery to even be possible.
Data recovery is taking innovative change as storage devices evolve, and the most innovative change is that storage devices are no longer portable or entirely tangible. People are backing up their information in the cloud today. The storage servers that hold the information that is accessible on the cloud are going to be accessible to anyone who has an Internet connection. Before cloud computing, some people used to back up their files with their email accounts, which probably managed to help them save more information than the floppy disks ever did. People can still do this today, and they can be sure to keep all of their information on the ubiquitous and stable cloud.
The servers maintaining the cloud are strong. The cloud is intangible and invulnerable. The cloud is also ubiquitous. It’s not going to get lost, damaged, stolen, or discarded like the portable storage devices of old. It’s also going to be used longer than them for that reason.