There is absolutely nothing worse than losing data on your computer.
And nothing more nerve-wracking than not being sure if you’ll get your data back. You just never know if it is going to be recoverable or not. We honestly don’t either until we can actually take a look at your hard drive through specialized software. Often, we will be able to recover it, but sometimes data does just disappear forever which is yet another reason that you need to stay backed-up at all times.
In the business world, “lost data” could be all your financial records, your customer contacts, employee information, phone numbers, or other things. We have seen companies close due to major data loss.
On home computers, people store their financial information, contacts, and phone numbers – a lot of the same things that people do on their business computers. But arguably even more important these days are all those family pictures that you only have digital copies of.
The family photo album was the prized possession. Now that pictures are – in SO many cases – digital, the family computer holds all those memories. We have seen parents crying in our office when they realize that they had a hard drive crash and have lost all their pictures. There are some VERY easy – and inexpensive – ways to protect against that happening to you. PLEASE talk to us about helping you create a backup plan if you don’t already have one. You’ll be thanking yourself when that little bit of effort pays great dividends down the road.
Raleigh lost data recovery
There are a few data recovery procedures that we can try for your lost files. Sometimes, lost files are accessible in the “Recycle Bin” if you are lucky. Files within the recycle bin can be recovered from temp files. If the lost files aren’t in your recycle bin, we can use special software to help us locate the “deleted” files on your hard drive. Files are not instantly “deleted” from computers when you press delete. Instead, the operating system will mark the area where the “deleted” file is located as available for use. Provided your computer has not written over that specific hard drive area, we can recover the image, document, or any other file type.
If you spent a lot of time arranging your picture files and folders in an afternoon – and THEN realize that you deleted something, you may be in trouble. When you start moving a lot of files around, installing software, or updating, those “empty” spaces get overwritten and the data will NOT be recoverable.
We do provide data recovery service on an hourly basis and will be glad to do all we can to recover your data, but in some cases, recovery truly is NOT possible. These are both relatively inexpensive procedures though they can take a lot of time. In the Triangle area, we can come directly to your location in Raleigh, and we’ll directly review the situation and give you a quick assessment based on our experience. Some recoveries can be done on the spot and are actually nothing more than a service call. Other recoveries can be far more involved and end up in the $1000+ range. It unfortunately just depends on the severity and nature of the data loss. If you’re not concerned about the actual data after learning all of this, we can always just do a hard drive replacement and get your OS up and running and be done with it. HOWEVER, if you do need that data or want that data… read on.
Critical Hard Drive Data Recovery
If we cannot locate the data using any of these methods as in the case of a hard drive failure, the next data recovery level is to provide Critical Hard Drive Data Recovery. This service is NOT cheap. This method must be used in case of a hard drive failure or other major hard drive problem. The process is performed in a “clean room” and involves actually removing the hard drive platters from your disk and putting them onto another exact match hard drive chassis and attempting recovery that way. This is NOT something you can “try at home” EVER. The tolerance on hard drives is so tight that even a speck of dust can permanently damage the read/write heads on a hard drive and ruin what is left.
This procedure is NOT foolproof but usually will result in data recovery. Often the data itself is not lost, it’s just a matter of the hard drive mechanism having failed. By putting those disks on another spindle, it allows the disks to be spun up and read properly. This process will run a minimum of $500 and is frequently over $1000.
Please talk to us about backup solutions to provide some very inexpensive insurance against having to go this route. We’ve got plenty of affordable services we can recommend to you.