Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of having their personal computer crash knows the anguish that can result. When irreplaceable files, email addresses, pictures, videos and other personal details are seemingly lost for good, despair doesn’t begin to describe the feelings involved.
You might be relieved to hear there are four effective computer data recovery options available which could help restore some, if not all of your files, as noted below.
1. Check other hardware components.
Occasionally a computer data recovery effort will not even be required at all. While it might seem like a hard drive has crashed, another component may be to blame. For example, the mother board or power supply might be faulty. Therefore, it makes sense to check these things before writing off the hard drive. If it’s unclear that these parts might be to blame, enlisting professional help might be in order. A computer hardware technician will be able to tell rather quickly if the hard drive has crashed or if another part is to blame.
2. Repair core system files.
If a computer will still not boot up, computer data recovery in this case might require repairing or replacing corrupt core operating system files. To do this, follow the instructions that come up when an operating system disk is placed into the computer. If you are still uncertain about the steps to follow to repair the OS, have a computer expert repair the system to avoid accidental overwriting of data.
3. Data recovery software programs.
If the operating system or hardware issues are not blame for the failure and the computer will still boot up, a computer data recovery disk might help restore missing or accidentally deleted files. There are programs available from computer shops and online that are specifically designed to help with data recovery efforts.
4. Professional data recovery services.
There are companies that specialize in computer data recovery. They have the necessary hardware and software tools required to be able to recover files that individuals will not have at home or in the office. While these services can be costly, I’m sure that if your data is restored, you’ll agree that the expense is worth it. Beyond regular computer professional services that specialize in data recovery, computer forensics companies might be able to help out in extreme cases (for example, computers damaged in the case of fire or flood).
Computer data recovery is possible even when a hardware crash or failure has occurred. While the results will vary depending on the severity of the crash, the cause and the methods used, it is possible to retrieve files and data off of even the most severely damaged of hard drives.