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What To Do When You Lose Precious Data

Losing those precious files we thought were safe is an inevitability for just about all of us. If it has never happened to you, it almost certainly will in the future. Some of the really cautious and careful among us may get away with never losing an important piece of data, but sooner or later it catches up with almost all of us.

But the good news is, as sure as it is that you’ll have a problem, there is also almost always a good solution. It doesn’t matter if it’s Windows or mac data recovery we are talking about here; there are tools that will help you.

The most common case of losing data is when you accidentally delete something. This is the easiest thing to fix. Another common case is when you format a hard drive accidentally, or forgetting that you still had data on it that hadn’t yet been backed up. These types hard drive recovery are relatively easy and reliable. Unless you selected the formatting option where it writes random 0’s and 1’s over the whole media, which is something almost nobody ever does, unless they absolutely want that data to be wiped!

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If you unfortunately suffer a breakdown of a hard drive (which are still fairly common these days), it can be a bit more complicated. In this case you will need to take the affected unit to a professional. This option unfortunately is painful because it’s expensive (sometimes costing $300 or more) and you may not get all your data back, or it may be there but corrupted, you may lose filenames, etc.

Try to avoid it getting to this point. Back everything important up. This is also a big point in favor of solid state media is their vastly improved reliability compared to mechanical hard drives. When you consider the benefits, they are well worth it. Because then you can have a much easier time getting your valuable data back.

Despite the fact that technology to recover data is better than ever, the best thing is always to keep multiple backups of important data on various media, including one copy that is stored away somewhere physically safe. This is something nobody ever follows one hundred percent in this busy and chaotic day and age, but everybody has to admit it’s still good advice, and should be adhered to as closely as possible.