What are My Data Recovery Options?

When your hard drive fails it can be difficult to decide what to do, particularly if you don’t have a good backup system in place. Fortunately, there are some very simple choices that you need to make when you decide you have to have your data back.

Professional Hard Drive Data Recovery may be the most expensive option, but it is also the safest. The point cannot be stressed enough: for the best chance to recover your lost data, take your drive to a data recovery professional. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you leave the drive completely alone and don’t try and spin it up, you can wait until you have a clearer head, but the more a failed drive is run, the less likely data recovery will be successful.

Your Local Computer Technician if a different component in your computer failed, and they should be able to handle things. This makes them the first stop for most people, since they decide the risk of spinning the failed drive is worth having the system checked out. Most technicians will also be able to give you a referral to one or two recovery companies if you are unsure of where to go next.

Do It Yourself Recovery is only really an option if you do not care about whether or not you get your data back. While there are plenty of instructions and software available online, they often oversimplify or are just plain wrong. Even worse, one wrong step and even the professionals will not be able to bail you out. Do not, for any reason, open a drive and expose the platters to the air. The heads that read the data “fly” only a few nanometers from the surface of the platter. That means a speck of dust will have the same results as dropping an office block in the middle of a racetrack.

Prevent the Need for Data Recovery by investing in a comprehensive backup solution. A subscription to a service or another hard drive are much less expensive than data recovery. The best choices will include both onsite and offsite copies, and most will backup up automatically. From there, check these backups regularly.to ensure that they are actually backing up what you want them to. There is no worse feeling that having your primary drive fail, only to discover your backup drive never worked.

Data Savers, LLC has become a leader in the data recovery field. Our CustomTrak system means that you will always know what is going on with your precious data. Request a quote to see what we can do for you.

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