Data Recovery is the process of retrieving lost, corrupted, or damaged data from sources, which may be either secondary storage, removable media or files. This includes devices such as hard drives, USBs, SSDs, and SD cards. You might need recovery due to physical damage to storage systems or logical damage to the file system. Data recovery can effectively restore your corrupted data.
If your drive is making noise, it indicates some malfunction and you must shut it down immediately. Do not attempt home remedies to recover your data. Instead, it is better to choose a professional recovery service such as Crumbacher. Much data recovery services you may find online aren’t professional and may cause you more loss than data damage.
In instances of logical failure, you will not be able to access the drive, though you might still see it in BIOS or in disk management. Operating system failure, file system corruption and registry errors or damages are the top reasons for a logical failure. You may choose from dedicated recovery tools or experts that may assist in performing a full recovery.
Data Recovery Problems hurt
Small to medium business particularly suffer from failure to take appropriate steps in recovering data. You shouldn’t be daunted by the task of recovery. Despite its seemingly complex nature, many technological developments have made the task easier. We encourage everyone to take steps in getting your data back. Ensure that data backups are automated and scheduled in your organization. The job should not be sidelined and considered unnecessary. Larger organizations have much more to lose and should take steps to protect their data.
Steps to avoid situations
- Do not upgrade to a new operating system or a new version of the OS without having a backup first.
- Make sure you are always using the latest versions of hardware and software utilities such as antivirus software and firewalls, that means keep everything up to date. The only negative aspect of this practice is that it may lead to compatibility problems with older software, but then again this type of software is one you will want to avoid.
- Have systems or software in place that scan any incoming files, online or offline
- Make sure to backup your data often.
Four phases of data recovery
To perform an effective recovery, you need to go through a 4-phase process. This may vary due to the type of data damage and required recovery techniques.
- Initiate repairs with hard drives. We take this step to ensure your hard disk is running in a state that data can be read from it. We will need to ensure any components in the hard disk drive are replaced.
- The drive will need to be imaged to a new imaging file or drive. We will create an image so that there is another copy of data in place, to perform tests and recovery procedures.
- Recovery of MBR, files, partition, and system structures. After the drive has been duplicated to a new one, it may be possible to repair the MBR. This is done to read the file system’s data structure and finally retrieve stored data.
- Repair the files that have been retrieved.