This section concentrates on Data Recovery from various types of media. It looks at Data Recovery Software vs the much more costly, use of Data Recovery Services which should offer a better outcome for restoring your data for various media including:.
External Hard Drive, Internal Hard Drive, Portable Hard Drive, NAS, SAN, RAID Array, Backup Appliance, SSD (Solid State Drive), SD Card, Tape, CD, DVD.
Do’s and Dont’s when you suspect media failure
The services section on our Recovery Services page also explains how data is stored on various media, some procedures for maximising recovery and some Do’s and Dont’s when you suspect a device has been damaged or corrupted.
If you have searched for “how to recover data” you are probably looking for cheap or free data recovery software. We do recommend programs and utilities to restore deleted or corrupted files in certain circumstances but also warn that further damage can occur to your files if you, staff members or your IT support “expert” are inexperienced in using recovery programs.
We recommend when free or paid programs might be suitable for recovering your digital assets and suggest suitable programs and utilities. We refer to the limited use our own CEO would make of recovery programs or utilities, due to the risk of permanent file loss – although he is a certified computer graduate to MSc level. We will be adding content to our Recovery Software page in the near future.
You will have data loss at some stage / consequences
An important thing for anyone who has valuable digital assets to be aware of is that all media will fail and lose data at some stage, whether that be magnetic hard disks, Optical drives, Solid State Cards or Disks or magnetic tape. If you have a robust data backup and recovery plan with the appropriate hardware and software you should be able to recover lost files, but it is important to remember that hundreds of Computer Data Recovery Specialists spend their whole day recovering data for individuals, small business, large business and organizations, so it is a more frequent issue than most people want to acknowledge. In many cases extensive or total data loss has caused the permanent closure of businesses.
Data Recovery Service
Using an expert Data Recovery Company does have a high price, always greater than the cost of replacing the medium that the files are stored on. However just like a doctor requires specialist staff and equipment professional Data Recovery Services companies should have highly qualified staff and facilities, including special ‘clean rooms’ to eliminate contamination when they open hard drives.
If you want some more detailed reading go to this Wikipedia page.