Data Recovery Service
What is Data Recovery?
Whenever you have lost data that you still needed – through accidental deletion, a crash, hardware failure etc. – and you didn't have a backup to fall back on, a data recovery service is your only option to get that lost data back without having to recreate it.
It works by looking at the raw data stored on the drive and ignoring the filesystem used by the OS. This is the only way of getting your data back, which is why it is so crucial to stop using the device in question immediately give us a call to find out about our hard drive recovery services.
Types of Recovery
There are two main types involved with a hard disk data recovery service, logical data recovery and physical data recovery. The logical case is simpler and deals with a fully working device, where data was lost due to accidental user actions, a crash by an application or the OS, or even partitioning/formatting of the device by mistake.
The other type is when the reason for the data loss was a physical failure and the device was damaged and now doesn't operate properly anymore. However, your data can still be recovered in most cases. What is necessary in such a case is to repair the drive and bring it to a state in which it operates more or less normally again.
What does a physical recovery entail?
A physical data recovery service requires highly specialized tools and spare parts from a completely compatible drive.
Even if you own the same drive from the same manufacturer (offering the same size and speed) most likely internally the drives differ considerably. This makes them incompatible with each other in terms of the parts used inside. This is one of the major reasons why physical hard drive recovery services are so involved and ultimately expensive. This, coupled with the need of expert tools that need to be operated within a clean room environment (to prevent dust particles getting in contact with the magnetic platters), is the major reason why physical hard drive recovery services are so involved and ultimately expensive. Dust and dirt can potentially ruin the surfaces that hold your data preventing good recovery. As such, physical hard disk data recovery services are not for the faint of heart.
Once a drive operates again, the same software tools used in a logical data recovery scenario are used to scan the raw data on the drive. This will hopefully locate the data needed and recover it to another device. All hard drive data recovery services function this way by recovering the data to a second device. This way we avoid overwriting any data on the problematic drive and keep the stress level of the drive to a minimum avoiding an even bigger drive failure.
How can data loss be avoided?
The only way to avoid performing a data recovery service (where important data was lost) is to have a functioning backup system in place with backups that are current. It's important to remember sooner or later every hard drive will fail. There are some signs that can hint at an impending failure and should prompt you to save your work data to another device:
Unusual sounds coming from the drive like clicking or grinding noises.
Uncommon slowness in responding to regular requests like starting an application.
The drive experienced a physical impact of some sort.
In all these and other situations, proceed carefully and perform a backup ASAP.
What drive should I get?
We get this question all the time, but the truth is all drive manufacturers have experienced problems with certain lines of drives at one point or another. Get the drive that offers the features that you need (size, speed) at the price you can afford. Always have a working backup strategy and your chances of getting hit by a data loss disaster are extremely low.
It also doesn't matter which brand your hard drive is because every brand has had its share of premature deaths. Backups are the only way to avoid having to go through a hard drive recovery service in a data loss situation.
Can I perform a recovery myself?
As makers of the award-winning software packages Data Rescue for the Mac and PC, there are scenarios where you can use our software to perform DIY recovery. Our software comes with bootable discs that can be used to run our recovery tools, even when your OS was damaged to the point it doesn't work anymore. This is mainly possible in cases where data was accidentally deleted, or a drive partitioned or formatted by mistake.
Data Rescue will allow you to scan your drive and salvage whatever important data you need. From there you can go ahead and reinstall your OS if needed and copy your data back over. However, if the scans don't succeed due to hardware issues, give us a call so we can assess your particular hard disk data recovery situation and discuss the available service options, preventing the situation from becoming worse.