Data corruption is the damage of info due to various software or hardware fails. Once a file gets corrupted, it will no longer function as it should, so an app will not start or shall give errors, a text file shall be partially or entirely unreadable, an archive file will be impossible to open and then unpack, etc. Silent data corruption is the process of data getting damaged without any identification by the system or an admin, that makes it a serious problem for web hosting servers as problems are very likely to happen on larger hard disks where significant volumes of information are placed. If a drive is part of a RAID and the information on it is copied on other drives for redundancy, it is likely that the damaged file will be treated as an undamaged one and it'll be duplicated on all of the drives, making the harm permanent. A huge number of the file systems which run on web servers nowadays often are unable to detect corrupted files immediately or they need time-consuming system checks during which the server isn't operational.
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