Data Recovery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Data Recovery process and services render many questions that people want to ask. As, data loss is the most critical point in virtual reality, hence every one is more cautious to get their queries answered. Here we have collected all the basic queries regarding Data Recovery to facilitate you during data recovery process.
What is Data Recovery?
Data Recovery is a process of recovering the data from hardware or software components after various data disasters. Data access becomes void after some disaster and special data recovery techniques are usually needed to access this lost data again.
Why did I lose my data?
Data Loss can occur due to many reasons. Various disasters can strike your computing machine or data such as corrupted hardware or software, system errors, virus and Spyware attack and various other natural disasters.
How can I prevent Data Loss?
Data Loss can be prevented by creating and managing regular data backups, preferably at remote location. Every computing machine is prone to disasters. Hence, prevention is the best cure of any type of data loss.
If my machine or disk gets corrupted, what should I do?
This is a high alert scenario for the safety of you disk and data. Stop using the machine to prevent any further damage or data loss. Write down all the symptoms and the data files and folders that seems to be missing. Do not open format the drive, as it can create permanent bad sectors on the hard disk. Storage device should also be not used, as it can damage the physical drives. Try not to install or uninstall any software or to create any new file on the hard disk.
It’s better to seek advice from a Data Recovery expert. You can call us 24/7 or use our Contact Us form for free evaluation. A support specialist will gather some information from you and let you know the extent of your problem.
Is data recovery expensive if we consult professional services?
As Data Recovery is labor extensive job, hence it seems to be extensive. But the data recovery process carried out at home can prove to be damaging. Since, Data Recovery professionals are fully equipped with techniques to recover data and to restore it. Otherwise, your precious data can be lost for ever. Apart from these the time taken to recover the lost data is much less than the time taken to recreate the files.
Can all data be retrieved?
Unfortunately, answer to this question is No. Sometimes, the damage is so severe that retrieving each bit and byte of data becomes almost impossible, for example, if a data storage tape gets fire, its impossible to recover data completely. But otherwise for most of the data disasters that happen, data recovery success rate is up to 90%.
How long does the whole Data Recovery Process take?
It depends totally on the extent of the damage your machine is suffering from. But normally from 1 to 5 working days are taken to recover and restore your crucial data. This can be better answered once we have more specific details of your specific situation.
What are the most common hard drive problems?
Common hard drive problems include User Errors, Software error, Hard drive electronic failures, Hard drive arm failures and Hard drive platter failures.
By mistake I deleted my file, would it be possible to recover it from hard drive?
When a file is deleted, the operating system marks the file name with a character that informs the computer that it has been deleted. The deleted data is actually still on the drive until the file system overwrites it, but the operating system can no longer access it. The process of hard disk drive recovery finds the data that the operating system is unaware of, but still exists in individual clusters on the hard drive and hence, it can be recovered if worked upon quickly to prevent from over-writing.
Partition has been deleted from my hard drive, what should I do?
In this case, utility programs usage should be avoided, as they do not always provide satisfactory results. If its “As-Failed” condition, you can usually recover your data with the entire directory structure intact. However, NOT RUNNING UTILITY PROGRAMS IS CRITICAL. Do not install new programs or attempt to save data onto the affected drive; this could make the situation worst.
What does Defragmentation mean?
The data that is seen logically as one piece can be divided physically in pieces, saved in different locations on a media. It takes time to load this data back, so after some time it looks like that the computer started to work slower. More time is usually taken to start a program or load some file. Defragmentation can put these pieces, one by one, in the media taking less time to load the data.
Is there any role of Fragmentation in Hard Drive Data Recovery Process?
When files become fragmented, they are stored in multiple clusters on the hard drive, which makes the computer take more time to read it. A drive with a lot of fragmentation will be harder to recover in the event of crash. Therefore, it is recommended to regularly defragment your hard drive, as hard drive recovery preparation.
If I have a hard drive from the top manufacturer, how long can it survive without any error?
The hard disk is actually very durable, and good maintenance will ensure long life. If it is not exposed to extreme temperatures, and does not suffer any physical damage, it can easily last for ten years. However, hard disks do have several moving parts, and can become damaged or wear out with time.
Can I still use the hard drive if it is not damaged critically?
You should immediately stop using the damaged drive. It is essential that it is not even turned on. Every moment the drive is powered, it can potentially cause critical damage making the drive unrecoverable.
Can disk utilities be used efficiently for lost data?
Not by rule. The fact is that more data loss is reported in America due to disk repair utilities than to some actual or natural disaster. Trying data retrieval using improper procedures or techniques can make a bad situation even worse, resulting in a more labor intensive recovery process, as a result.
Is there any kind of symptoms associated before Hard Drive Failure?
There are usually warning signs involved before a Hard Drive Failure occur. Some classic signs may include strange sounds, noise, popping, frequent crashing, virus attacks or similar problems. Most of the time information lost through a temporary crash is salvageable. You must, however, have to hire a data recovery specialist if such a crisis occurs to your computer.
What is Hard Drive Evaluation?
Evaluation is an extensive analysis of your media to determine:
- Whether the problems are physical (hardware malfunction), or logical (corrupted data or structure), or the both?
- Physical readability of the media (we recover your data from the copy, keeping your media untouchable, unless you require to fix your media in-place)
- Whether rebuild of the media structure required and possible?
- Whether the media data is corrupted, and how much?
- Whether recovery is recommended, and an estimate of time, cost and result?
How much data can be retrieved from damaged media?
From our experience, about 80-90% of data can be retrieved uncorrupted from damaged media, depending on severity of the problem.
How can data loss be prevented?
Backup in one single word is the answer. Backing up the data is the best way to control crashed hard drives data loss. As, they say prevention is the best cure, so preventing data for critical loss is the best way. Crash hard drive might be unable to recover even a single bit of data so don’t put yourself at risk by not properly backing up your data. You can choose backup ways by estimating your budget and value of data. But with backing up the data, test restore performance should also be ensured.
What is File Recovery?
File recovery refers to the recovery of individual files in cases where there is little doubt that the file system and hardware are operating normally. The individual files may have been corrupted or even deleted, accidentally or intentionally. Examples of events that can corrupt files are software malfunction, power failure, physical shock and viruses.
Can I recover my deleted files?
When you delete a file, it is taken off the list of files that the user sees. The file system writes at the beginning of the file that the region where the deleted file is stored could be used for storing other files. In such circumstances, files can be recovered but it requires the services of a professional data recovery company.
Under what scenarios can I recover files accidentally deleted?
If new data has not overwritten deleted data, you can recover files in almost all scenarios, including:
- Files deleted from the Recycle Bin or a network shared folder.
- Files deleted in the DOS command window or from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down.
Under what scenarios Can I recover lost Outlook pst files?
A pst file is likely to be recovered in the following cases:
- The volume became corrupt or was accidentally deleted.
- The file was no more than a few megabytes and was accidentally deleted.
- The volume was NTFS-formatted and had been frequently defragmente
Can I recover files from reformatted, corrupted or deleted volumes?
Reformatted volumes can be recovered using the Long Search. NTFS volumes are highly recoverable. On reformatted FAT volumes, only contiguous files can be recovered. Deleted or corrupted volumes can be recovered using the Quick or Long Search and selecting the corresponding disk number. Both NTFS and FAT file systems are highly recoverable.
I have single partitioned hard disk which is not bootable as well, can I recover my files from it?
File recovery becomes instantly more difficult in this case. Most recovery programs will need a place to copy recovered data, and if you are using the same drive which has the lost data on it you have no guarantee that you will not be destroying more data than you save.
It’s a far better idea to either install a new hard drive onto the current system and put a new OS on that, or find another computer to transfer the lost hard drive to. This Scenario can be very difficult to deal. It better to have assistance from Realtime Support Data Recovery Professionals.
How Can I choose myself any tool to recover my files like MS Word Files?
Data recovery tools use different methods to recover data. Some tools are designed for recovering deleted files, others are better at restoring overwritten files, or recovering files from disks that are physically damaged. Some data recovery software products have been developed specifically for recovering photo images, or Microsoft Word or Excel document files. Such products may succeed where others fail because they understand what these files look like, and can recognize their data when other clues to its existence have vanished.
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