Second Law of ThermodynamicsThe Second Law of Thermodynamics is a principle of physics that is often translated in layman's terms as -- the universe moves from a state of order to disorder. Complex things tend to breakdown with time. Data storage devices and other computing equipment age and start to loose information and make more mistakes that lead to data corruption.
ErrorsGenerally speaking, most devices that read, write, transmit and process data have a non-zero error rate. They eventually make mistakes. The more that a file undergoes input/output and processing the more likely that data corruption will eventually occur.
|Overview: Data Rot|
A general tendency for data to decline in quality with time.