A Comprehensive Look into Data Recovery
Your hard drive crashed and you don’t know where to begin?
Professional data recovery companies use two types of approaches to recovering data.
All data recoveries fall into two categories no matter what has happened to the media, or the data on it.
Each of these two categories are named after the type of damage done to the data, or the media which it is stored on.
This is usually due to:
The regular story is the user has deleted files, emptied the recycle bin, pressed SHIFT + DEL at the same time, and has accidentally deleted some files that were important, or valuable.
Common Logical Damage Scenarios
In any of these cases operating system files, the master boot record, the MFT, or partition table has become corrupted or damaged. It is important to remember hardware failure may additionally be the culprit in some instances.
If the drive is not tampered with, immediately shut off, and no other attempts at data recovery are done to it, there is a VERY GOOD chance for a successful recovery by a professional recovery company.
What happens is most people in this scenario make it worse and actually destroy any chances for recovery by trying to recover the data themselves using software they find online. You can read more about that here.
There are plenty of occasions where the damage originates with faulty or failing hardware. Many times people are misled thinking there is only logical damage, when in fact the logical damage was actually caused by a bad head or bad sectors on the platters.
Mis-judging the circumstances can cost you your data, as a successful recovery would then require a different set of procedures classifying it as a hardware level recovery.
Mechanical or physical recovery is performed usually when there is an electronic failure or the internal hardware has been damaged or has failed.
Is usually due to:
Almost always results in:
With the following symptoms:
Just about all the scenarios and situations that cause physical damage to a hard drive as they are covered in the bullets above.
In every case where Physical data recovery is required, you will need a data recovery specialist who has access to at very least two, and in most cases all of the following:
If you make the mistake of mis-judging the type of damage you have to your drive, your data and chances for successful recovery will suffer more and more each second you apply incorrect retrieval methods.
Most of these concepts apply to USB Flash Drives, Solid State Drives, RAID Array including RAID 5 Arrays, and Mac Drives. Please call us for a free phone consultation on our toll free number, or you can submit your questions and problems securely right here.
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