There are quite a few things that can cause your computer’s hard drive to fail and compromise your personal data – including human errors and natural disasters. Fortunately for us, when we suffer data loss we can take the drive to a data recovery specialist, who can almost always retrieve our data for us – even from a drive that has been almost completely destroyed.
Data recovery is a process of retrieving inaccessible, lost, corrupted, damaged, or formatted data from your storage media, when the data stored in is unavailable for access through the usual channels. But how exactly does it work?
Perhaps the drive is physically damaged from being dropped, exposed to a liquid spill or even smoke damage from a fire. Maybe you accidentally deleted an important file, or in extreme cases completely reformatted your hard drive before backing up. It’s entirely possible that the darn thing just stopped working due to some corrupt files or even a virus.
Luckily the chances of recovering data from these types of damage are actually pretty good. It is a simple matter of connecting the drive to some specialized equipment and transferring the data off of the old drive. In most cases like this the data is 95% to 99% recoverable. However, there is still a slight risk that you might still lose a couple of those mp3s that you have been hording since back when LimeWire was still popular.
Then there are the cases where you’re dealing with a scratched platter, a failing read head, or any other type of physical damage that causes the disk to be completely unreadable.
In these cases, it takes a clean room and some skilled know-how. The drive must be taken apart, cleaned and repaired before the data can be gleamed off it and placed on a new hard drive.
In the vast majority of these cases the data can be completely recovered… At a cost. Clean room recovery requires a lot of expensive equipment, and can get a bit pricey.
Fortunately, data loss is completely preventable, by simply backing up your data on a regular basis.
If you need help recovering some data from an old computer, or even a computer that has somehow been damage, give No Ware Computer Repair In Grand Junction a call, we’re always happy to help!