Data corruption is the unintended modification of a file or the losing of information which often occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software failure, and as a result, a file can become partially or completely corrupted, so it'll no longer function correctly as its bits shall be scrambled or missing. An image file, for example, will no longer display 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, and so on. When such a problem occurs and it isn't recognized by the system or by an administrator, the data will become corrupted silently and when this happens on a disk drive which is a part of a RAID array where the information is synchronized between different drives, the corrupted file will be replicated on all of the other drives and the harm will be permanent. Numerous widespread file systems either do not offer real-time checks or don't have high quality ones which can detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common matter on hosting servers where large amounts of info are stored.

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