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Quick Look at the Different Data Recovery Methods

If data recovery means nothing to you then you are mistaken. As long as you use a computer, tablet, smartphone or whatever it s you will soon come face to face with the reality that you may need to know a little about data recovery.

Everyone of us in one time or another have ended up deleting a wrong file unintentionally. It gets worse. The there others who have hard someone else delete that much treasured photo of your last Vegas escapades. If that is not enough, you may not have actually deleted anything but you ended being a victim of disk drive failure or a failed flash storage media drive nevertheless.

Now that we are all on the same page we can take a look at the different types and ways lost data can be recovered.

Enter Data Recovery

The type of data recovery method your drive will be subjected to depends on how the data has become inaccessible. The easiest and most widely known that anyone can do is when you delete a file and can simply retrieve it from the recycle bin on Windows or the Trash from Macs and Linux systems.

How about when you have emptied the recycle bin? You can use special data recovery software which is able to go in and read the data and recover a file that has been emptied from the recycle bin. This data recovery software can be downloaded online, both free and commercial.

This however is not as simple as it sounds. Well when a file is deleted from your computer, only the index entry to that file is removed from the filesystem. The actual data is not altered. This makes for an efficient process. Fragments of this file then remain on disk until other data from another file overwrites this. As long it has not been overwritten by other data then technically you can recover your lost files.

How About When You Have Failed Hardware?

In this case you need to take your computer to profession data recovery service providers. They usually implement advanced techniques and tools that can read off the hard drive away from conventional methods. This usually involves stripping the hard drive off the computer in a controlled environments and may require the disk to be opened.

In some cases the movable arms may need to be corrected to get the drive working again. In other cases it may require the disk platters to be read in a totally different tool and the data copied out and the data reconstructed using the file headers.

Other methods involve data recovery using online services that are able to recover data remotely using special tools. All in all whatever the method it is always a good idea to let a professional reputable firm to recover the data for you as you may risk causing more damage.

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