R3 Data Recovery Logo
Britains best British data recovery company
R3 Provide data recovery throughout the British Isles, Northern Ireland, Eire, Europe, US & Worldwide.
☎️ 0800 999 3282 (8am - 8pm Workdays) · 🚑 Emergency Mobile Out of Hours / Weekends 079 3282 4264
🚑 Emergency Mobile Out of Hours / Weekends 079 3282 4264
Tap To Call: 0800 999 3282
R3 Data Recovery Logo
Problem with your hard drive or other data storage device? Contact us for immediate help and assistance!
CLICK HERE NOW

Hard Drive Data Encryption

Hard Drive Data Encryption - A Good and Bad Thing at The Same Time

Encrypting your storage device can be both a good and bad idea. It can be good because the data on the hard drive, of which, can be anything from family photos, to accounting information integral for the running of your business and could be privileged information that only needs to be seen by certain people. But it can also be bad because in the situation where you need the data recovering it can be very difficult to get the data back if the drive is in a bad state.

For the home user that stores all their family photos on a storage device, encryption isn’t lawfully needed as there is no reason for it to be protected from the public. However, a business owner who is storing documents with his financial information on an external storage device, encryption is virtually a necessity.

Recovering Data From Encrypted Drives

The fundamental problem with encrypting a drive, especially if it fails, is that it can be incredibly difficult to recover the data from the device if for example the device has been dropped and is mechanically failed, or if there is a mass build-up of bad sectors. If here at R3 cannot read the sectors that contain the encryption information, there is simply no way of getting the data of off the device. The sectors which contain that encryption information are always needed when recovery from a software encrypted drive. It is slightly different if it is a hardware encrypted drive. If the sectors cannot be read there is no way of finding out what encryption software has been used, or even the option to be able to unencrypt the storage device.

Another problem is if the user has forgotten the password they used for the encryption, if the password is forgotten then there is no way of retrieving the password from anywhere, even the companies that create the encryption software are not able to get the password back for you. The only way to find out is to guess and that isn’t always wise as some encryptions are set up in a way that if you get the password wrong too many times the drive will be wiped and data recovery is impossible. This is good if someone else steals possession of your drive and they try to gain access, but when you need data recovery and need the data of off the drive it’s not the same.

Not all encryptions allow you to put a password in, when setting up the encryption it will give you a key. In the circumstances where you need the password to decrypt the drive, you have to put the key in a bit of software that will give you the decryption password. However, if the user loses the key, they are in the same situation they would be if they lost/forgot their password.

Furthermore, encryption can be a good thing to someone that has multiple copies of their data, just in off chance that they do lose or forget the password, or the hard drive mechanically fails they will always have a backup. However, it’s not always good if you only have one copy and something like this happens it can be disastrous.

R3 Data Recovery is real lab that deals with real disasters each an every day. If you have RAID that has failed or any data storage device, we are the people to contact. Call us today on 0800 999 3282 for immediate help and assistance.

What Our Customers Say About Us

They were very efficient and quick with regards retrieving the data from a HDD that was sent to them by our external IT company. Would recommend them for their efforts.

William

What Does A REAL Data Recovery Lab Look Like?
R3 Second Opinion
Need Quick Help?
Fill out our no-obligation diagnostics form below to get a FREE consultation or callback.

Our data recovery engineers can diagnose the majority of faults remotely for free.


  • Technical Details

    You don't need to select the following; however, please provide a brief description of the problem in the "Other information" field.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
FREE No Obligation Data Recovery Consultation Request
Corrupted Data? Speak to our expert team on 0800 999 3282 or click here for help!

About our Company

R3 logo
R3 Data Recovery Services are designed to meet the needs of businesses and home users requiring a fixed cost, highly successful data recovery solution.

R3 Data Recovery is rated (4.6) by 294 customer reviews on Reviews.co.uk

Quick Links

Latest NewsCareers at R3Area CoveragePrivacy PolicyCookies PolicyTerms & ConditionsTestimonials

Latest Tweets

Get In Touch

Security House, Windsor Street, Sheffield S4 7WB
0800 999 3282
enquiries@r3datarecovery.com
Information Commissioner's Office Certificate
© 2004 – 2018 · R3 Data Recovery Ltd · Company No.05033569 · VAT No. GB119444414
twitterfacebookpinterestyoutube-playgoogle
close

​Your Data In Good Hands

​If your hard drive happens to fail, contact our team of experts. Our skilled professionals will be able to reliably recover data on your hard drive and provide industry-leading turnaround times which give you the confidence that's necessary to develop a solid, effective recovery plan.


Call us today at 0800 999 3282 ​or fill out our FREE, no-obligation diagnostics form for immediate help!