Data corruption is the unintentional modification of a file or the loss of info that usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software fail, and because of this, a file can become partially or entirely corrupted, so it'll no longer function correctly because its bits shall be scrambled or lacking. An image file, for instance, 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. In case such a problem appears and it is not recognized by the system or by an administrator, the data will get corrupted silently and in case this happens on a disk drive which is part of a RAID array where the info is synced between different drives, the corrupted file shall be copied on all other drives and the harm will become long term. Numerous widely used file systems either do not feature real-time checks or do not have good ones that can detect a problem before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common problem on hosting servers where huge amounts of information are stored.

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