Have you ever had a hard drive go? It’s not a pleasant experience, particularly if you haven’t had everything backed up. I had one that was in the process of dying for like a week. We literally had just enough time to get a replacement and try and move data before it finally died. We were fortunate to be able to get all of the data and that none of it was corrupted. Mike shared his thoughts on the differences between recovery software and professional data recovery services, which I am sharing with permission.
Recovery Software vs. Professional Recovery Services
So, the unthinkable has happened. You weren’t vigilant about backing up your data and something has happened to your system that either rendered the data inaccessible or corrupted it. Now you have a decision to make – will you try to retrieve the data on your own or will you get in touch with a professional who can do it for you?
How do you decide? Let’s take a peek at your options.
Hard Drive Data Recovery Services
You might decide to call a data recovery company in Ontario, such as Secure Data Recovery services, to hire them to retrieve your data. Don’t worry, there are services such as this all over the world, not just in Ontario. Most of these businesses can recover data from hard drives, tape, RAID, and other storage media. They will use technology that is innovative and top notch and they have quite a bit of experience with this sort of thing.
One benefit to using a data recovery service is that most of the time, the data that is retrieved will be in the same form it was in when it was lost. Also, the retrieval can be done rather quickly, and in business, we all know that time is money. Additionally, most of the time, you will be able to get an evaluation before actually hiring the service and most of the recovery services will not charge you if they cannot retrieve your data.
Data Recovery Software
Imagine that you are just typing away at your laptop or computer and suddenly, the hard disk or operating system crashes. You might worry about losing valuable data that is stored on the disk, and this would be a very valid concern. You might even wish that you had backup up all of your data earlier so that at least some of it might be salvageable. Now, you are left with one of two options. You can call a data recovery service or you can try some data recovery software.
One of the advantages to using this type of software is that most of the time, they will work with nearly any type of storage media. This includes digital cameras, MP3players, USB drives and even large hard drives. Another good thing about software of this type is that if it is going to work, it normally does so rather quickly. That being said, the time it takes will depend on the size of the storage media. These programs are also able to recover anything from documents and contact lists to presentations, emails, and audio files as well as video files.
On the other hand, they may not recover anything at all and you have just wasted time and money. Now you have to call a specialist.
When a Loss Occurs
The very first step in data recovery lies with you. If you suspect that you have lost data, or you are having serious mechanical issues with your hard drive, the very first thing that you need to do is to turn the machine off. Do not use the device and definitely do not let your “tech savvy” friend attempt to recover any of the lost data. If this data is something that is truly important to you, your best chances of getting a successful recovery begin and end with a professional data recovery service.
What Happens Next
For most companies, data recovery happens in four steps:
- Consultation – where the loss will be assessed, typically on the phone, in order to determine the most cost effective and best solution for you.
- Evaluation before recovery – the storage media will be received and analyzed for damage and to determine what condition the data is in. This will be done with specialized software and equipment.
- Data recovery – This is where the technicians will perform any necessary repairs in order to recover the data and then the data gets retrieved.
- Support – the recovered data will then be delivered to you with simple instructions regarding how to access it and reinstall it to your device.
At the end of the day, you will go with the option that best suits your budget and needs. Yes, the software can be more cost effective than a recovery service, but if you need every bit of data that was lost, you will find a way to get the professional service that can handle the task.