By the time you are reading this harddrive data recovery article, I presume you don’t need any “told you so” advise about why and how you need to make sure to organize decent system backups. You’re in need of hard disk data recovery services.
When you find yourself in need of a hard disk data recovery expert, time is of the essence. Hard drive data recovery experts are typically not the kind of people you do business with on a regular basis. Once you get hit by a serious hard drive failure, you have learned an (usually) expensive lesson and you will most probably take the necessary precautions to avoid repeating that lesson.
Most home backup solutions are implemented *after* some form of serious data loss has occurred.
Here are some tips that will help you getting started when you are looking for hard disk data recovery services:
- When dealing with a hard drive data recovery expert, you may want to look if they publish a phone number where they can be reached. Call them up. See how responsive their customer service is. This may sound trivial, but if they are slow or unresponsive in dealing with a possible new customer, you can bet that they will be slow and unresponsive when dealing with your valuable data as well.
- Compare data recovery prices. Again, this may sound obvious, but you would be surprised about the number of deception artists out there that are only out to get your money, not help you get your data back. Here’s a little data recovery anecdote to illustrate this.
- Check if they offer any kind of harddrive data recovery guarantee. Some companies offer a “data-back guarantee”. Some will charge you and pay you back if they don’t succeed in bringing your data back to life, others won’t even charge you unless they completely recover your data.
- If you are a Mac user, it might be a good idea if they offer data recovery for mac. Mac hard drive data formats differ from Windows formats, so it’s always best to check.
- You may also want to look for data recovery software reviews, since some forms of data loss don’t necessarily have to do with a hardware failure, and can be restored with specialized data recovery tools.
Those tips can come in handy, since you are usually dealing with companies that are relatively anonymous.
If you are puzzled about the last tip (data recovery tools), or if you have never heard of data recovery software, it might help to know that there’s a difference between a hard disk crash data recovery and an accidental erase of data. A hard disk crash can be really ugly, where there is real physical damage of the hard drive that carries your data.
An accidental erasure or even hard drive format can sometimes be recovered from pretty easily. Of course, if you accidentally format or erase your entire hard drive or delete an entire partition, you won’t be able to find anything back in your Windows recycle bin, but there are some specialized software tools out there that can restore your data after a format or delete partition command.
That’s because when you delete a file from your hard drive, it doesn’t get “wiped out” entirely, it’s only the space that the file used to fill is marked as “available”. The actual data still resides on the disk.
That’s why these harddrive data recovery tools can most of the time help you get your data back. I say most of the time, because once the “available” space from the deleted file gets overwritten by another file, your chances of getting your original file back diminish considerably.
Whether you need harddrive data recovery services because you’ve just erased the photo of your baby’s first smile or because you need to recover the last 9 years of your company’s financial data, it’s clear that there can be a substantial cost involved when dealing with a hard drive crash.
The fact that you saved your files on your hard drive today unfortunately doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be there tomorrow. I’m here to assure you that this is indeed true.
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