Experts say the technical breakdown of computers is still the main cause of data loss, although human error in the form of neglect, rage and clumsiness is fast becoming one of the main reasons files need rescuing.
Taking the number one spot is the US man who was so frustrated with his laptop, he shot it in a fit of e-rage, then realised there were important files he needed. Hot on his heels is the company director whose soapy bath time ended in disaster when his laptop slipped in with him.
There is an emerging trend in the different ways men and women handle their loss. More men than women are apparently more likely to try and retrieve the data themselves before asking for help from the experts, which sometimes causes more damage, said Mr Palmer. [BBC Tech News]