Data corruption is the unintentional transformation of a file or the losing of information that usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason could be hardware or software failure, and for that reason, a file can become partially or entirely corrupted, so it'll no longer work as it should because its bits will be scrambled or missing. An image file, for instance, will no longer show a real image, but a random mix of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack for the reason that its content will be unreadable, etcetera. In case this kind of a problem appears and it is not recognized by the system or by an administrator, the data will be corrupted silently and in case this happens on a disk drive which is a part of a RAID array where the information is synced between various drives, the corrupted file will be reproduced on all the other drives and the harm will become long term. Many widely used file systems either do not offer real-time checks or do not have good ones that will detect a problem before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a common matter on hosting servers where large volumes of information are kept.

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If you host your websites in a cloud web hosting account from our company, you won't need to worry about any of your data ever getting damaged. We can ensure that as our cloud hosting platform employs the reliable ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system that works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. All of the information that you upload will be stored 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 such a setup, but there is no real warranty that a file won't be corrupted. This may occur throughout the writing process on any drive and after that a damaged copy can be copied on the rest of the drives. What makes the difference on our platform is that ZFS examines the checksums of all files on all drives in real time and in case a corrupted file is found, it is substituted with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. In this way, your information will remain intact no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

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You won't need to deal with any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever in case you purchase one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions since the ZFS file system that we take advantage of on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to make sure that all of the files are undamaged all of the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is assigned to each and every file stored on a server. Because we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, the same file has the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives right away. If 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 right away, avoiding any chance of the bad copy to be synchronized on the remaining drives. ZFS is the only file system available on the market that uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems which cannot detect silent data corruption and copy bad files across hard drives.