No matter how advanced digital storage systems are nowadays, data failure can still occur and data recovery is the best solution to recover every piece of stored information or even just to salvage a portion of it. Data failure can occur in the form of:
The processes involved in the recovery process of digital information are very systematic that data recovery relies much on computer science. At the broadest sense used within the context of modern-day computers and related electronics, data recovery is simply the process of extracting useful digital information from physical storage systems such as hard disks in desktop computers or laptops. With solid state drives gradually replacing the position of hard disk drives in the computer market, this storage system is also of particular interest among data recovery software developers.
Most commonly, data failure is attributed to the operating system running the machine. In which case, the file system is said to have logical damage and hence cannot be accessed by the host OS. Since the OS itself cannot access the drive, repairing at the OS level is therefore impossible. Thus, technicians resort to the bootable OS that runs entirely from the memory and does not require the use of the damaged hard disk drive. The bootable OS can fully run within the limits of the memory resource due to its tiny memory footprint.
Once the damaged hard drive is accessed through the bootable OS, migrating recoverable data follows. Backup media for storing recovered data include writable compact discs and flash drives. For larger data files, external hard drives are also of common use. After data files are copied to another medium, the damaged storage drive can be reformatted so that logical errors are fixed and the medium can be used again just like new, that is, if errors occur only at the logical and not on the physical system.
For damaged hard drives inaccessible by the OS, solutions revolve around the use of bootable OS with a set of repair tools. These packages are delivered into the system in the form of a boot disk or a Live CD or USB. For data recovery involving external storage media such as SD cards and USB flash drives, file recovery solutions running at the OS level of the machine are employed.
I lost my data after inadvertently deleting my hard drive instead of my wife’s micro SD card in her phone. This was late at night after putting in some serious hours so I can only assume I was over tired and not really thinking. I right clicked the drive I thought was my wife’s card, it asked if I wanted to format it, I said ok and renamed it. A few seconds passed and I took out the SD card put it in the phone and the photos were still there. It took me a few moments to realise what I had done. When I went to the drive that held ten years work there was nothing there and it was renamed.
I went drip white I could hardly breathe… My wife came in asking what was wrong I explained that I had deleted the hard drive and lost everything not just photos, contracts, books I wrote, manuals for my company, all the history of everything I had ever done.
I quickly Googled data recovery whilst my wife found my friend Jack Daniels, there were a few that came up some saying they were 24 hours, when I rang no answer. I came across R3 Data Recovery and they said they were 24 hours, I rang and a real person answered my call. The chap I spoke to calmed me down, asked what I had done and what I had done after. I had the insight to not try and do anything myself as well as do nothing else to the drive. He told me they have great success and a good track record. I explained to him that right now I had lost anything so any data recovery would be better than none.
I have now had the drive back for a week or so and I have not found any of the work that is missing. I have lost my honeymoon pictures, however I may have these on disc somewhere. I estimate the data recovery is about 85%-90% successful. I know there are things missing but it has allowed me to carry on seamlessly without any major issues. I have as of yet to have really missed something. There was a bit of a glitch with the lead that when I connected the drive to the computer it told me the drive had malfunctioned. They organised a pick up the next day and within three days I had a new lead and the data was there. I think all in all even with the lead issue the returned my data within the ten days they said.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. Do not go for anyone else nor attempt anything yourself just call these guys and leave it with them, They kept me very informed and have done a cracking job I am amazed… they exceeded my expectations, thankfully.
Thank you R3 Data Recovery
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