Data recovery becomes necessary when your hard drive, memory card or USB flash card fail, and you have no backup available. This article gives an idea on the necessary steps and precautions during the data recovery process.
Before attempting the recovery, you must be aware that the data cannot always be retrieved. In case of a physical failure of a hard disk such as the infamous “click of death” situation, you won’t be able to do much good to the hard drive except bring it to the recovery experts.
Modern hard drives, however, are complex yet reliable pieces of electronics. They rarely fail for no reason, at least on a physical level.
Logical corruption prevails with the complex operating systems, buggy software, malicious or careless acts of the end-users, malware and viruses. Power failures and computer hardware malfunctions also account for many cases of corrupted hard drives and lost data.
The logical corruption can be dealt with at home. Provided that you have the right data recovery tools, you’ll be able to do it yourself without any special skills.
Be aware that the data recovery process is a lengthy one. You’ll need plenty of time and enough space on a working, non-corrupted hard disk to facilitate the recovery.
Before you begin, make sure that you restrict any write operations onto the damaged disk.
If you don’t have data recovery already installed on your computer, don’t save or install the data recovery product onto the corrupted drive. Instead, use a different drive letter, a flash memory card or a USB drive. Even a flash card from your digital camera can be able to store the data recovery tool!