Data Recovery Services Explained
Posted by Rasta on Mar 7, 2012
A hard drive failure is one of the worst things which could happen to your computer, not because the hard drive is the most expensive part, but because you store on it all your precious data; therefore, if the hard drive is gone, then so is your data. Or at least, that’s what you think.
In reality, there are several companies and dedicated software available, meant to help you get back all your files. However, this is not always possible and the things you choose to do next after the failure could be decisive.
What you need to do first is to do a hard drive diagnosis, which means establishing if the problem really is with the hard drive. Removing it and testing it on another computer is enough to clear your doubts. If the hard drive works perfectly, then another component is causing you trouble. If the hard drive doesn’t show any files, but it’s working, then you have to make sure not to overwrite it and leave it the way it is, since overwriting the deleted files makes it impossible to recover them. If your hard drive doesn’t work at all, you’ll need a data recovery service to help you out. The question you have to ask yourself at that point is if you really need all that data you lost. Since you didn’t back up the hard drive and therefore, lost everything on it, you have to decide just how important those files were for you. Because the data recovery process is so lengthy and complicated, depending on the type of the hard drive damage, the costs to recover yours could be more than you can handle, so make up your mind.
If you decide that you need those files at any cost, then you’ll have to take your hard drive to a dedicated store. The first thing they will do there will be to establish what kind of failure your hard drive has: logical or physical. You’ll have to keep your fingers crossed for the failure to be logical, because if it’s physical, which can also be mechanical or electronic, it means that the damage lies in the hard drive parts and the recovery costs for this kind of failure are immense, not to mention that the data recovery is an uncertainty, because the firm might not have the right parts to replace your damaged ones. If the failure is logical and you didn’t overwrite the data, then it’s a certainty that you’ll manage to recover them, since the problem is either with a file corruption or with a formatting done by accident. If it’s a logical failure, then the next step is to evaluate the file system in order to fix the corruption. In case this method doesn’t work, then a low-level scan will be done, in order to search all the sectors of the hard drive for your lost files. As soon as the files are found, they will either be copied on CDs/DVDs or on an external hard drive. It can be a lengthy process, so make sure you are armed with patience.
Recovering your data proves that just because you didn’t know that there was a solution, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, so make sure you do your research before becoming desperate believing that you lost all your files.
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