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There are few things more frustrating and worrying than losing your data, and this is particularly true if you have sensitive, important or sentimental information on your hard drive.
It is for this reason why it is so important to perform regular backups and to also back up to an external drive or to cloud software, but if you do not have this set up in place, then there are a few ways that you might be able to recover the data.
Whether or not you do manage to recover the data, this should be an important lesson on the value of backing up, and hopefully, this will encourage you to do so.
Stop What You Are Doing
If you have lost data, the first thing that you should do is stop what you are doing and avoid writing anything new on the hard drive. The hard drive space that the file(s) occupied will not have been overwritten yet, but they will if you were to write anything new to the hard drive. If you stop what you are doing, there is a good chance that you will be able to recover the data.
Mechanical or Logical
There are two ways that a drive can crash – a mechanical failure or a logical failure. Mechanical failure means that a broken part is stopping you from accessing the data and you can normally tell that this is the problem because the drive will be making an abnormal sound. In this case, you will need to seek the services of a professional. A logical failure, meanwhile, is caused by the corruption of file structure and often can be recovered without external help.
Data Recovery Tools
Performing data recovery by yourself is not recommended, as often you will end up doing more damage than good. Fortunately, there are many excellent data recovery tools available which can make it quick, easy and safe to recover single files or even an entire hard drive worth of data. Some of these are free whilst others will cost money, but be sure to carefully read the reviews to find the best possible piece of software for you.
Another option is to use professional services that can offer technical and remote support, such as bytes.co.uk. This means that your data can be protected 24/7 from loss or breach and can easily be recovered if disaster strikes. In addition to providing expert support, this also gives you peace of mind knowing that you are properly protected at all times and that your data is safe. Many of these services can offer managed backup services which will stop this problem from occurring again.
Losing data can be a huge concern and can be quite upsetting. The importance of backing up is clear, but, unfortunately, many computer users do not perform regular backups to an external device. Fortunately, the data can often be recovered but how easy this is (and how much it will cost) will depend on the type of drive failure and how severe the damage is.