Every morning you walk into your office and fire up the laptop or other office computer. You go get a cup of coffee and have your morning stroll around the office. When you get back to check your e-mail, you see an unrecoverable error on the screen indicating your PC has a serious disk error.
You reboot several times to see f it only a temporary issue and each time you begin to panic more and more as you remember you had vast amounts of data on our machine that was never backed up to your network. Some of this data might even e related to personal family photos of your last vacation. Ouch!
Panic begins to set in as you contact your IT department and the only thing they can do is order a replacement drive to get you back up and running. Your information is toast, or is it? Data recovery is an area that has come a long way over the years as hard drives have become smaller, faster and cheaper and able to hold vast amounts of data.
Of course the best contingency against data loss is having incremental and/or full backups done on a regular basis, but if you are one of those mavericks who only go into the office now and again most of the backup responsibility will be on you. As you store more and more information on your machine, you run the risk of losing it if your hard drive tanks.
Here are three common reasons you may lose data:
1. You have a hard drive crash. Even though your hard drive is much more reliable than their predecessors, they are still mechanical and can fail periodically. The actuator arm may become defective or a power surge could take out the drive controller leaving you with a disk that cannot function.
2. You accidentally delete files on your hard drive and only learn what you have done long after the deed has been done. Most individuals can easily go into the recycle basket to retrieve old files if they deleted them from the desktop or other area, but if you were industrious one day and began deleting mass amounts of data and then emptied your recycle bin your files may not be recoverable through traditional means.
3. A virus has taken control of your machine and has formatted your hard disk, only to leave you with a large empty drive.
In summary, having periodic backups of your machine is the best course of action in preventing data loss. However, if you need to recover data there is software and companies that provide data recovery services. Whatever direction you go, the chances are fairly high that you will be able to recover your lost files depending on the situation.