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11 ways to avert a data-storage disaster

Hard-drive failures are inevitable, but data loss doesn’t have to be.

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Tracy Teal was a graduate student when she executed what should have been a routine command in her Unix terminal: rm −rf *. That command instructs the computer to delete everything in the current directory recursively, including all subdirectories. There was just one problem — she was in the wrong directory.

Could the 3-2-1 rule have helped? To read this blog in full on the Nature website visit:

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