Those were the days when you got a new Easter bonnet and all gussied up in your favorite dress to go to Sunday school. These little girls are all grown up now, but their picture lives on as a memory in my computer along with a lot of other family photographs, holiday gatherings, and special events. I used to put them in hard bound albums, but now it has become so easy to store these keepsakes on computers, in external hard drives, on phones or even on a USB flash drive.
We keep so much information electronically, ranging from business-critical documents, such as Quickbooks and Outlook files, to treasured photographs, videos, term papers, music, etc. Unfortunately, all of this can be lost in an instant and there are dozens of things that can cause it: virus attacks, accidental reformats, hitting the wrong key, or even spilled coffee! No matter who, what or how it occurs, the result is the same. We go into panic mode -- but thanks to data recovery, all may not be lost!
To start with, data recovery can be put into two categories:
- Logical Problems: your hard drive is working perfectly, but, for some unknown reason, you have deleted files, formatted your drive, and/or lost data. (Side note: Just because you delete a file and empty your recycle bin, you may think that your file is gone forever…. That is not the case and there is a good chance your file can be recovered.)
- Physical Problems: your hard drive and some mechanical or electrical components of the drive no longer work -- maybe your computer has been in a fire or a flood. (In my case, it was spilled coffee all over my laptop keyboard.)
The good news -- no matter what the problem, often times the data can be recovered.
So, what causes data loss?
Deleted Data: Files can be deleted on purpose or by accident -- no matter the reason, they can be found (even if you have already emptied your Recycle Bin.)
Corrupted Data: Your files can be corrupted in a variety of ways -- these too can be recovered.
Dropped External Hard Drives: These are portable devices and are fragile -- if dropped, it can compromise data.
Power Loss/Electrical Surges: Both situations can cause unexpected data losses.
And there are many other situations that can cause data loss, but I think you get the picture!
If you find yourself in any of these situations, don’t despair -- there are steps you can take to try to recover your data.
- There are software applications out there for data recovery. Should you choose to go this route and download an application from the internet, you need to make sure it is from a trusted source. An untrusted source could destroy deleted data and/or change the contents of the drive.
- Contact your friendly computer technician at NGL Connection. They can run a diagnostic on your computer to determine the issues impacting your data before any work is done. (Trust me, I know -- I have had to do this more than once.)
- If the damage is minimal, the work can be done in-house and an estimate would be provided to you. If there is major damage and we are not able to recover data, you can opt to have your computer service technician send your computer out to a data recovery specialist.
So there you have it! Hopefully, you found this information helpful, and maybe even a little relief. You do have options and you don’t have to hit the panic button the next time you accidentally hit “delete”.