Data corruption is the unintentional transformation of a file or the loss of information that often occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software malfunction, and as a consequence, a file can become partially or completely corrupted, so it will no longer function correctly as its bits will be scrambled or lacking. An image file, for example, will no longer show an authentic image, but a random mix of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack since its content will be unreadable, etc. If this kind of an issue appears and it's not found by the system or by an admin, the data will become corrupted silently and if this happens on a disk drive that is part of a RAID array where the information is synced between different drives, the corrupted file shall be replicated on all of the other drives and the damage will become permanent. A number of frequently used file systems either do not have 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 very common matter on hosting servers where large volumes of data are stored.

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In case you host your Internet sites in a website hosting account with our company, you don'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 uses the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. The aforementioned is the only file system that works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each file. All of the info that you upload will be saved in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on numerous SSD drives. All file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with this kind of a setup, but there is no real guarantee that a file will not be corrupted. This could occur during the writing process on any drive and after that a damaged copy can be copied on the other drives. What is different on our platform is that ZFS compares the checksums of all files on all drives in real time and in case a corrupted file is discovered, it is replaced with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. That way, your info will stay undamaged no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

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Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be shielded from silent data corruption since all of our storage servers use the reliable ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it uses checksums, or digital identifiers, to verify the integrity of each file. When you upload content to your account, it'll be kept on a couple of redundant drives in a RAID i.e. the files shall be the same on all disk drives. All of the copies of a given file will have the same checksum on all hard drives and ZFS will compare the checksums of the copies in real time, so if it detects a mismatch, that will indicate that one of the copies is corrupted, it will substitute that file with a good copy from one of the other disks. Even if there is an unforeseen power loss, the data on the servers will not become corrupted and there will not be any need for a time-consuming system check which other file systems perform after some malfunction, prolonging the time needed for the server to go back online. ZFS is the only file system that can really protect your content from silent data corruption.