With data recovery, prevention really is the best medicine. Companies that put in place the best plans and tools to protect data are much less likely to go through the hassles of recovery, meaning they spend less time on data and more time on generating revenue.
Automation is a valuable tool for data backups. Individuals and companies should set schedules for automatic backups in order to remove any manual processes. If one person at a mid-sized firm is responsible for manual backup procedures and they go on vacation for a week, then is data recovery being covered? Automation means companies will at worst lose a bare minimum of data.
Even with safeguards in place, data loss can still occur. When it does, companies can take several steps to ensure a smooth process that allows them to retrieve vital information without an exorbitant expense.
Formal written data recovery plans should be a central part of a broader disaster recovery plan. Each stakeholder in the organisation should know their role in data protection, with routines set for backups, and the establishment of several layers of redundancy.
This could include cloud backups as well as using external HDDs that are kept offsite. Making a plan formalises roles and increases the odds that data protection will not be overlooked.
Some companies that lose data go the “false economy” route by exploring cheap or free file and data recovery utilities instead of choosing a reputable recovery service.
These utilities can be carriers of malware and they might not pull the data properly, even possibly rendering it useless. Data is the lifeblood of many organisations, so be willing to spend a little more for a quality service.
A quality data recovery firm will be able to demonstrate a very high rate of success, and will detail how they safeguard your firm’s private information. You want a company that has the proper tools and expertise to retrieve data, even from the most difficult situations.
You also need quality support, so look for a company with a dedicated North American customer support line as well as reliable email or chat support. Companies that have worked with high-level government agencies are also a good choice, as they must show extreme discretion and be reliable in order to be customers of such agencies.
Self-monitoring analysis reporting technology (SMART) is a type of monitoring that helps manage the state of hard drives. It can detect upcoming failures by analysing read/write errors or a shift in the motor speed. IT is alerted before failure, so they can do a backup and replacement without any interruption to business services.
Using cloud-based storage systems as part of your disaster recovery plan can greatly simplify the steps you need to take to recovery data. The cloud offers unparalleled flexibility, is infinitely scalable, cost effective, and can significantly reduce a company’s costs for on-premises storage.
A sound data recovery plan will require an investment in time at the outset, but once automation and the proper backups are established, recovery becomes routine.
If data loss still occurs (an employee breaks a USB drive or SD card for example), then look to the services of a dedicated data recovery firm, which has the necessary expertise and tools to find your information quickly and get you back to business.
For any data recovery help, speak to the R3 team for free and impartial advice, and get the UK’s best data recovery company restoring your data. Call us FREE on 0800 999 3282 or use the quick contact form and we will get right back in touch with you.
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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