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File And Database Recovery - Data Corruption

A common problem affecting data is corruption. This means you can see the file or database but can an error when trying to use or open them. At R3 Data Recovery Ltd we provide services that recover file data from corrupt, damaged and password protected files that are unreadable or unusable on your computer system.

There are many ways your data can become corrupted, here are some examples:

  • Hardware Error - Failing Storage Device, Unbootable Computer, Damaged Computer
  • User Error - Formatted Drive, Deleted Partitions, RTFM!
  • Software Malfunction - Bad Installations, Corruped Installations, Upgrades Failing
  • Virus Infection - Enough Said!
R3 database and file recovery services

We can guarantee that if you can store data on a device, we have a technique that can fix your corrupted data. The R3 Data Recovery technicains can repair many different formats of data, including:

  • File Repair - All MS Office Documents, All Apple MAC Documents, All documents Compatable with MS & Apple
  • Email Recovery Services - PST, DBX, OST, EDB, IMH, NSF
  • Database Repair Services - SQL, DBF, Access, MySQL
  • Backup Repair Service - ZIP, TAR, RAR

It is so important that you contact us so we can help diagnose the best and cheapest way forward. If you try to recover the data yourself you may cause further damage depending on the issue, which is why it is important you contact us as early as possible.

We provide outstanding customer support and continually update you as to the current status of your recovery.

We are not a reseller; you will talk to the technician who is performing your recovery!

​What ​Does It Mean When Data Is ​​Corrupted?

To put it simply, it is when files are damaged (beyond repair more often than not). When files are corrupt, it means that they cannot be opened, although sometimes the files can be repaired.

​How ​Do You Fix Corrupted Data?

Corrupted file

​If a word document is corrupted and cannot be opened then depending on the extent of the damage they are fixable. In this case when you open the word document, it will ask if you want word to repair the file, if you click ​"yes​" and the file opens then save the data as a new document. If it doesn’t work and you are still unable to open the document then you can try and see if the document opens in Open office writer rather than Microsoft word.​

There are a few options you can try with trying to recover corrupted documents, although a lot of the time the files are damaged beyond repair.

​How ​Does A File Become Corrupt?

There are a few reasons as to why data can be corrupt. For example, if we try and recover a folder full of pictures that have been deleted, then it’s possible that not all of the pictures will be in fully working order​.

Another reason is if the hard drive has accumulated a fair few bad sectors. If this happens then it’s possible that data areas may be affected which will affect certain files, so it is a good idea to back up your data onto another drive or the cloud.

There may be an issue with accessing the files if you have been affected by Ransomware, even though this doesn’t corrupt your files it will overwrite every single file you have if you don’t take extreme action, meaning you won’t be able to open your files and the contents of the files will be scattered around the drive. If this is the case then the only course of action would be to scan the drive for RAW data (numbered files), then once we recover the numbered files then you would have to go through the files and find which file is which and also rename them (since the structure of the files will be lost).​

This maybe slightly tedious but it would be the only way to restore any ounce of structure to the files.

​How ​Can I Repair Corrupt mp4 Files?

If you have a corrupt mp4 file, using third party repair software may work, it depends on how corrupt the mp4 file is. Here at R3 if we come across a corrupt mp4 file a customer is wanting we use VLC Media Player. This particular software offers corruption repair on mp4 files and many more video files. Nine times out of ten the software is able to repair the file, however for the severely corrupt mp4 files there is no way that we know of to repair them.

Get advice and assistance from Andy and the team at R3. R3 Data Recovery is real lab that deals with real disasters each an every day. If you have any sort of problem with a hard drive or any data storage device, we are the people to contact. Call us today on 0800 999 3282 or click here to fill out our FREE, no-obligation diagnositcs form for immediate help and assistance.

What our customers say about us

A 1TB hard drive failure with many valued photographs led me to R3. Very impressed with their calm professional approach, rapid courier collection and excellent ongoing email updates with full data recovery. Price? Well, what price memories? Highly recommended.


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Corrupted data? Speak to our expert team on 0800 999 3282 or click here for help!