We all like to get a bargain, don’t we? That’s why it’s understandable that you’d look for a cheap solution when you realise you’ve lost data that you had stored on your hard drive.
However, cheap does not always mean good, and free doesn’t always mean you’ve got a superb bargain. Indeed, you may find your money saving solution could cost you a lot more than you thought it would.
In case you are still tempted to go down this route, let me persuade you otherwise.
1. You get what you pay for
Do keep this fact in mind when it comes to looking for a solution to help you recover your computer data. If you trawl the internet you can find lots of free and helpful solutions that promise to scan your computer for errors and provide cheap methods for rescuing your data. At worst they can be viruses – and at best they might ensure your data can never be recovered by any means.
2. Cheap or free solutions rarely help with more complex problems
Put simply, you cannot assume your data will be easy to recover. You cannot see inside your hard drive to find out what the problem is. In fact if you remove the cover you’ll contaminate the interior and make it even less likely the data will be recoverable, even by experts. Refer back to point one above and consider how valuable a free or cheap solution could be.
3. Avoid friends who have experience in computing, unless they are experienced in data recovery
We have probably all been guilty of doing this at one time or another. If you know someone who is experienced with computers (more than you are at any rate), it’s very tempting to pick up the phone and ask them for advice. However, unless their particular ability happens to lie in the field of data recovery, you are better off not taking this route. They are likely to feel obliged to try and help, even if they don’t know how to.
You can see how important it is to invest in the right solution for retrieving your data, instead of investing in the cheapest one. If something is worth having it is definitely worth paying for, and when that something happens to be your data, you can see how logical this is.
In short, take a moment and refrain from opting for the cheap and easy route. Investing in getting your data recovered is definitely the best solution.