We’ve all at some point experienced some sort of data loss. Losing an important set of documents or media can have quite the implications especially if they were work related. While it’s impossible to recreate this lost data, it can however be recovered if it wasn’t overwritten.
Usually there are two options when it comes to regaining this lost data. You can either chose to do it on your own or hire professionals to help you with it. While this choice depends on your confidence and IT knowledge, it also depends on the severity of the situation.
This read will give you an idea of when to choose which option.
A general rule is that the more severe your data loss is, the more you should be leaning towards data recovery services offered by IT professionals.
However, this doesn’t mean DIY software is incompetent and some of the very advanced software is leveraged by professionals to recover your data.
Current DIY software are much more advanced when compared to when they were first released and allow you to easily recover lost data due to logical errors. They also work on formatted, missing or corrupted partitions on both Windows and Apple devices. Some software is highly complex and expensive and work on complicated media like RAID.
Usually due to complex this software can get, when doing it on your own it’s recommended to stick to simpler software and use them to recover files you have deleted, a hard disk that was formatted or data lost due to a computer crash. Some other examples of logical errors are accidentally emptying your recycling bin, an application crashing, accidentally formatting your drive, a malware attack, your hard drive becomes corrupted, power issues, BSOD or simple hard disk issues.
A professional is required when you experience physical errors on your HDD. These include stuck platter, weird sounds from the hard drive, SMART disk issues, glitches in mechanical parts, your storage media not getting recognized, or damage caused by a natural disaster like a fire or flood.
No matter what option you’ll be using an important tip is to immediately stop using the disk because if not overwriting can take place and once this happens the chance of recovery are very slim.
How to Chose the Best of Either?
In term so both software and services the market has plenty of options for you to choose from. However, you find a reliable source to recover your data.
Research about the service providers experience, review and infrastructure to make sure they can actually do the job. If you are going for a software, make sure you know what you’re’ doing if not you could easily make things worse.
So, to end this let me give you some a tip to prevent data loss because as they say prevention is better than cure. The main thing when it comes to preventing data loss is to maintain backups and to automatically schedule regular backups. Sore a backup copy off site and have multiple copies.