Your data is your life.
We’ve all been there – overwritten that presentation, suffered an ill-timed power failure or hard drive crash – any of one thousand different ways to ruin your day. Perhaps going back to yesterday’s backup is an option, but in the event of a freak incident there likely was no backup created. This isn’t the end of the story, however getting back those eight hours of your life might require a bit of intervention. At least, we do not want to make the problem worse and complicate recovery. In this post I will go through some key information that can make the difference between a successful recovery and a total disaster. When all is lost, West Bend Data Recovery Experts are standing by.
Despite best efforts to keep it backed up, your critical files have fallen through the cracks. Collett Systems can certainly prevent this from ever occurring which is a topic for another day, but West Bend Data Recovery Experts have a good shot at saving the day when disaster strikes even in the event proper precautions weren’t taken.
First: do no harm
- DO NOT run a scandisk or any drive repair software. Your operating system will probably prompt you to do this. Your operating system is concerned with keeping the logical structure of the partition intact and valid. When data corruption occurs, your OS will likely discard data that is not in perfect order if you allow it to repair the partition table or file system layout. Your West Bend Data Recovery technician may still be able to help you, although the level of difficulty for that person just went through the roof.
- DO NOT attempt to format or change the partition in any way. Your operating system will prompt you to do this as well.
- DO NOT install recovery applications or make any changes to other files on the affected disk – ever.
- SHUT DOWN your system immediately. Make no further attempt to boot to this media.
You have a few options when deciding what to do about your lost data. What route you take depends on your comfort level as well as the necessity of the data recovery. Sixteen months of accounting data you forgot to back up will likely preclude any self-help options. Always keep in mind that any attempt to retrieve compromised data which is not successful will likely further compromise recovery. Save the self-help for ‘gee it would be nice to get that hour or two back’. If it’s worth more than $200 to you – I’ll be honest: Don’t try.
There are many data recovery applications that do work quite well in limited situations. One notable application which also happens to be both free and trustworthy is an application called ‘Recuva‘. This is a great option for the amateur and I suggest you stick with it if your knowledge is limited. This program will work well if you accidentally deleted a file that isn’t on your backup or saved over the file with an undesired edit. Logical disk structure problems are going to be beyond the scope of this application.
You will want to remove the disk from the affected computer if it is the boot drive and connect it to a functioning computer and install this software – this prevents data which has not been physically overwritten by the operating system from being destroyed, and installing applications onto the affected disk is a sure-fire way to make that happen. Hope you weren’t too attached.
Partition recovery and other structure problems can often be resolved with a program called [email protected] Partition Recovery Enterprise. Same concerns with overwriting data however this tool is much more advanced and selecting the wrong option will cause all hope to be lost. Do yourself a favor and create an image of the drive and work off that.
If your drive is making unusual noise – do not attempt these procedures without first repairing the hardware defect.
West Bend Data Recovery technicians have the knowledge and access to repair parts to quickly restore data in even some of the most hopeless situations like fire or flood. Clicking drives and burned out chipsets are generally problems the professional can overcome.
There are several companies out there that will charge you just to look at the drive, and once you’ve spent the nickel they go for broke and quote outrageous prices to get your data back. Here at Collett Systems we will take the time to thoroughly diagnose your drive and quote the repair – even providing a listing of files we are able to retrieve before you pay a dime. If we quote you and you decide not to go ahead with the repair, no hard feelings.
We can generally give you a pretty good idea what West Bend Data Recovery will run you even before we look at it – so get in touch today!