Data corruption is the unintended transformation of a file or the losing of info that often occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software fail, and for that reason, a file can become partially or completely corrupted, so it will no longer work properly since its bits will be scrambled or lost. An image file, for instance, will no longer present a true image, but a random mix of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack for the reason that its content will be unreadable, etc. In the event that such an issue occurs and it isn't found by the system or by an administrator, the data will be corrupted silently and if this happens on a disk drive that is a part of a RAID array where the info is synchronized between various drives, the corrupted file will be copied on all other drives and the harm will become long term. Numerous widespread file systems either don't offer real-time checks or do not have high quality ones which can detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common matter on internet hosting servers where large volumes of info are stored.

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If you host your websites in a hosting account from our company, you don't have to worry about any of your data ever getting corrupted. We can guarantee that because our cloud hosting platform employs the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned is the only file system which uses checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. All the information that you upload will be kept in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on a large number of SSDs. All of the file systems synchronize the files between the different drives using this kind of a setup, but there is no real guarantee that a file won't be corrupted. This may happen at the time of the writing process on each drive and then a damaged copy may be copied on the rest of the drives. What is different on our platform is that ZFS examines the checksums of all files on all of the drives in real time and in the event that a corrupted file is identified, it is swapped with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. By doing this, your info will continue to be unharmed no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

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You won't have to deal with any silent data corruption issues whatsoever in case you purchase one of our semi-dedicated server packages due to the fact that the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to make sure that all the files are intact all the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is assigned to each and every file saved on a server. Due to the fact that we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, 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 right away. In the event that it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it has to be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy without delay, avoiding any chance of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the other hard drives. ZFS is the sole file system you can find which uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems that cannot identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across hard drives.