Data corruption is the unintentional modification of a file or the losing of info which usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason can be hardware or software failure, and as a result, a file could become partially or fully corrupted, so it'll no longer function properly as its bits will be scrambled or lost. An image file, for example, will no longer display an actual image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack because its content will be unreadable, etcetera. In the event that such an issue appears and it's not found by the system or by an administrator, the data will get corrupted silently and if this happens on a drive that's part of a RAID array where the data is synchronized between various drives, the corrupted file shall be reproduced on all other drives and the harm will become permanent. Many popular file systems either do not have real-time checks or don't have good ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a common issue on internet hosting servers where substantial volumes of info are kept.

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If you host your Internet sites in a web hosting account with our firm, you won't have to worry about any of your data ever getting damaged. We can ensure that due to the fact that our cloud hosting platform works with the leading-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned is the only file system that uses checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. All of the info that you upload will be saved in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on many SSDs. A lot of file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives using such a setup, but there's no real warranty that a file will not be corrupted. This can occur during the writing process on each drive and then a damaged copy may be copied on the rest of the drives. What makes the difference on our platform is that ZFS analyzes the checksums of all files on all the drives instantly and if a corrupted file is located, it is swapped with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. By doing this, your information will continue to be intact no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

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You won't experience any kind of silent data corruption issues should you get one of our semi-dedicated server packages since the ZFS file system that we use on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to guarantee that all of your files are undamaged at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is allotted to each and every file stored on a server. Because we store all content on a number of drives at the same time, the same file uses the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. In the event that it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it should be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy right away, avoiding any chance of the corrupted copy to be synchronized on the other hard drives. ZFS is the only file system you can get which uses checksums, which makes it much more dependable than other file systems that are unable to identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across drives.