Despite the growing reliability of storage devices many computer users experience data loss at some point or another. General causes of data loss are software failures, hardware failures, physical damage, or simply accidental deletion. Luckily, almost any information that is saved to a storage device can be recovered.
What Causes Data to be Lost?
There are many ways that data can be lost. The most common causes are:
- Human error. This is when you accidentally delete a file or folder on your drive.
- File system format. When you send information to the wrong storage area the format procedure the data goes through destroys any existing files to make room for the new one.
- Logical damage. This can be due to power loss, hardware failure or software failure.
- Storage failure. If your hard drive starts to show physical problems like overheating, making unusual noises, or loading slower than usual.
- Physical damage. If you drop your hard drive or drop something on it.
What Does a Data Recovery Company Do?
Fortunately, whenever data is first saved to a storage device it will usually remain there until new information is sent to overwrite it. But, you should remember that no information can be recovered after overwriting. This is why when you are trying to recover data you should never send anything to storage until you’ve recovered everything you need to.
A data recovery company can help you get back all your lost information without causing further damage to your hard drive. The process they go through to recover data is quite simple. After scanning your hardware they determine what was the cause of the data loss in the first place. Once your drive has been diagnosed a recovery company will then work to recover all files that have been lost. How much work they have to put in depends on what caused your data to be lost. If it was due to physical damage then you can expect the process to be extremely complex and it can get a bit expensive. This is because the recovery service will first have to get your hard drive back into working condition then proceed to try and recover all the files that were lost due to the damage.
At some point or another everyone will experience data loss of some kind. Hard drives are not designed to last forever. So, if you are noticing any signs that something may be wrong with your hard drive the best way to handle it is by immediately backing up all the files you can and taking it to a data recovery company.