Typically, when people lose data and need hard drive recovery, they simply surrender the data to the abyss, trusting that they will never retrieve it. Depending on the data importance versus cost, this may indeed be the case.
But readying yourself for an inevitable hard drive failure is easier than you think, and these 10 tips are a solid way to be ready.
1. Consider virus protection and either Windows or external firewalls on your computer to protect it.
2. Defragmenting your hard drive when you are missing an important file is a very bad thing. Either install data recovery software to retrieve the data, or at least speak with a professional data recovery technician first. Defragmenting can delete the file permanently.
3. In most cases, using utilities like CHKDSK, Scandisk or Norton Disk Doctor will not help you to recover your data completely. In fact, they can actually destroy your data by recovering it improperly.
4. If your PC will not boot up in regular Windows mode, see if it can boot up in “Safe” mode. If it can, consider removing any recent programs you may have installed. If after doing this you can boot again, you may have solved the issue. Try using “System Restore”, but remember that this may actually hurt, and not help your cause.
5. Before buying software for data recovery, research and make sure that you are aware of exactly the kind of data that it will recover. You need to know what data you are looking to recover and then search for the software that is going to get the job done. This will save you time and hassle.
6. Get to know your computer’s file system, since this is going to help you find the right kind of software for your process. Also, you should know what your laptop’s file system is if you are trying to retrieve the data on your notebook.
7. Backup any important files you have – this way you don’t have to worry if your computer crashes and a recovery is impossible.
8. The big flaw in a regularly scheduled backup is that it won’t backup the most recent files. Still, better to be proactive and lose a couple files, than lose the whole drive.
9. Take a time out, and recall all of the actions performed before your files went missing. If you have a file that asks to be saved, do so under a different name so that other versions do not get destroyed.
10. If you intend to find an expert for hard drive recovery, make sure you have all the important details at hand. A professional data recovery technician will ask you several questions over the phone to diagnose your issue.
Hard disk failure is never fun, but it is inevitable with today’s hard drives. Understanding that your data will be safe in cases of crash is critical, but planning ahead is the best way to avoid a situation where you need professional hard drive recovery.
Because do-it-yourself hard drive recovery doesn’t always work, consider preventative actions to safeguard your computer and your data files, and ensure that they are duplicated.