Losing data is a big problem for anyone. Whether you have important business documents stored on your HDD, or personal photos of friends and family, the thought of losing it all is stressful and frightening. But don’t worry. There are some steps you can take after a disaster strikes so that your data isn’t lost forever!
1. Stop Using The Media
The very first thing you should do after data has been deleted is to stop using the storage device. The more you use the device, the more difficult it will become to recover the lost data.
Some people make the mistake of continuing to use devices after data has been deleted, only to realize that they’ve made it nearly impossible to recover the lost information.
2. Check Your Backups
Hopefully you keep backups of your work in case of emergencies like this. If you do, the solution could be as simple as restoring a previous backup. Unfortunately many people never create backups, which stops them from being able to restore the data once it’s lost.
If you’re not in the habit of creating backups, then perhaps it’s time to start. Even if it doesn’t necessarily help you this time, you’ll be prepared if it happens again in the future.
3. Avoid Free Software
One of the biggest mistakes that we see people make is relying on free file recovery software. While there are some options available that are partially helpful, very often they are not able to recover everything.
Even some of the paid data recovery programs may not retrieve everything. Another common issue people run into when using software to recover programs is the complexity of options available. You may not know which box to check, which options are necessary or what you can change.
Checking the wrong box may cause more damage and issues. Sometimes it’s best to be cautious and avoid these tools all together.
4. Call A Professional
Often times, it’s best to contact a professional that specializes in data recovery. This is particularly true when you’ve lost very valuable data that you don’t want to run the risk of losing permanently.
Depending on the circumstances, professionals are able to recover most, if not all of your lost data. You will be able to save the hassle of being confused about what options to check off in software, and you’ll typically be able to get results much quicker.
Following these steps will give you the highest chance of restoring lost data and information. If you’ve deleted important files and are unable to recover them, you can always call us for all of your data restoration needs.