What does "data protection" mean

andyalder
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I'm baffled by Dell's definition of "data protection", to me one year's worth of data protection means they back it up for you and guarantee no data loss. Bargain at £25 per year.

https://www.dell.com/en-uk/work/shop/cty/pdp/spd/poweredge-t30/dspet30

Your mileage may vary but I am offered [1Yr Data Protection - Keep Your Hard Drive+ £25.00] when I follow that link. Is that £25 to have Dell protect my data for a year or have Dell started speaking a different language where "data protection" means destroying the data by smashing the hard disks into rubble?
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Top Expert 2016

Commented:
This allows you to keep the failed  hard drive rather than having to ship it back to DELL after you recieve the replacement drive
https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/services/ds_kyhd.pdf
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer

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I didn't follow the links from my cell phone, but part of data protection is keeping data confidential. There are many government organizations that do not let any hard drives leave the premise. In this case, I believe data protection means that you get to protect your data by maintaining physical control of your drives, even after failed drives have been replaced.
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Part of "data protection" is keeping it available in case the server explodes surely?

I completely understand what "defective media retention" is but it says "DATA PROTECTION" on Dell website and for $20 per year that is a bargain.
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It has nothing to do with backup which we normally associate with data protection
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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The Keep Your Hard Disk option is the ability to keep a drive that has failed in a server instead of sending it back to Dell or the on-site tech removing it when they leave.

Otherwise the "defective" disk may be "refurbished" and put back into circulation or sold as such. There's no guarantees as the disk would probably not be touched to wipe anything on it.

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