Things To Consider In Getting A Professional Data Recovery  

» Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Professional Data Recovery | 0 comments

Data loss can be very frustrating. If you have lost unintentionally important data you need to recover and you are not sure if you are to recover it by your own or seek professional data recovery, here are some ideas you might check before considering your decision.   

Professional Data Recovery  

You must determine if the drive has electronically or mechanically failed by following these steps. First is to listen, you should connect the drive to its power supply without connecting the SATA or IDE cable and turn the computer on. It is a good idea to use another computer on this test assuming you had a bad power supply or a molex connector on the previous one. A healthy drive must make a few grindings or crunching type sounds upon spinning and continue spinning until the grinding sound stop. If the drive starts clicking and spins up then it back down and makes a humming sound repeatedly like a sound of a scratched record player or there is no sound at all, then you will need a professional recovery. Power down the drive and immediately seek out a professional data recovery. If the drive normally starts, check if it is recognized by the BIOS. It should show the drive’s correct model number in the BIOS. In case it shows a code only, then it did not properly read its firmware and you will need again a professional data recovery.     

One easy way of determining if the drive is can identify itself correctly is by connecting a SATA or IDE to USB and the final step is to clone the drive. There are a lot of software you can use to clone your drive to a blank one. If the software successfully clones the drive with a minimal bad sector, then your drive is in good shape. But if you get CRC errors or any other that prevent you from cloning the drive and if the cloning process starts but it requires days or weeks to finish instead of hours, then you will need again a professional data recovery for they have the proper tools and depth knowledge in their line of work.   

If the drive is working well, going to a computer shop that advertises data recovery can be tempting especially on their low service fees, they maybe have a few tricks but they have no proper tools to diagnose and repair hard drives. The tricky part comes in if you are going a professional. Determine the value of your data, if the data you lost could cost a fortune or could bankrupt a company, then you should seek dedicated data recovery laboratory even though your local technician can handle it because mistakes are common to those who have little or no experience at all in data recovery. A dedicated laboratory that handles recovery of files every day has proper procedures and hardware needed to eliminate common mistakes in the recovery process. On the other hand, if the data is not a life or death important, perhaps only data with sentimental value, then you could choose your local shop to do the recovery or maybe you can do it by yourself. But always remember to always backup your data to avoid this inconvenience.  

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