No one needs to be in a scenario where they need to recover hard drive files because of either logical failure or accidental loss. But while many PC users have seen this unfortunate event, fewer still even consider it a possibility, much less something to be ready for. So when a hard drive recovery scenario does pop up its head, panic ensues. And panic is the enemy of the user who wants to recover hard drive data. Knowing this fact is half the battle, but only half.
Experiencing a data loss emergency is something no one wants to happen to them, but inevitably will. Getting ready now will save you a lot of bad times tomorrow. Consider these few tips:
1. Don’t Panic – Data recovery engineers say this to clients everyday: if you panic and do something bad, you may delete your data for good, and make it impossible to recover your hard drive.
If you think you have encountered an all-out hard drive crash (and your computer cannot “see” or use the drive), be calm. There is likely little you can do. This is a job for professionals with specialized equipment including a Clean Room. Where panic can destroy however, is when you attempt to “retrieve” accidentally deleted files by yourself. This leads us to point number two.
2. Avoid Utility Products Or Data Recovery Software – Utility software (you probably know them: many popular antivirus companies sell them) are very much the kiss of death when it comes to recovering accidentally deleted files. They rarely recover lost files or your hard drive, and often cause overwrite issues that can ensure your files are gone forever. This is not a time for “one size fits all” answers. What’s more, data recovery software can be tricky. Do you trust the company you found on the web? Are you certain that software will do the trick? Does the application have a data recovery or cash back guarantee? If not, walk away. Many data recovery software providers setup their website and forget it, pulling huge amounts of money daily from hapless data loss sufferers.
3. Trust An Expert – One of the things many of us prefer not to do in this age of chat and quick Internet contact is to actually use a phone. The fact is, nine out of ten hard drive recovery developers have a toll-free line operated by technicians who help people recover hard drive files and data every single day of the week. Benefiting from this skill is free, and can certainly help calm you down in the event that the data is a little more “mission critical” than a few family pictures and some emails. The worst that can occur with a professional on the line is that you at least determine a direction to go in. Shouldn’t you consider this?
Hard disks crash everyday, and partitions and files disappear everyday. Your situation is one that many others have seen, and then recovered from. As long as you understand that your ability to recover hard drive data is based on how you act once the data is lost, you’ll be fine.