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5 Scenarios That Call For A Personal Data Recovery Service  

Computers are like us—they wear and tear and occasionally require major surgeries. The biggest cause for the loss of data or functional power is hardware malfunctions. This means data loss is, in most cases, inevitable— especially as a computer ages.

Hard drives are mechanical and contain sensitive parts that accumulate damage over time—even if the computer is kept in a clean and dry environment. As the sectors within a hard drive are written on and re-written on, errors will occur due to sources outside of our control. Eventually, usually between three to five years, a hard drive will shut down and data will become inaccessible.

How Personal Data Recovery Services Work

When a hard drive shuts down, the data is still preserved, but must be handled by a specialist to either fix the problem within the hard drive or to clone the data and move it onto another device. To access the machinery and data within the hard drive, the hard drive disk must be exposed. If this is done anywhere outside of a clean room, dust and skin particles will cling to the disk and this can corrupt the stored data. Thus, it is vital that an open hard drive is handled by a data recovery specialist.

Specialists use clean rooms where there are no free-floating particles to contaminate the drive. Specialized air filters and equipment that covers the specialist head to toe prevent the formation of any new particles within the room. To extract the data from a hard drive, they use specialized equipment. This helps to preserve the interaction of delicate parts of the hard drive since the heads and platters within a drive have exacting tolerances.

The scenarios that lead to a loss of data or functionality of a computer can often be reversed by a data loss specialist or personal data recovery services. The scenarios include the most common problems: hard drive damage, human error, viruses and malware, software corruption and natural disasters.

Here are five scenarios which can be resolved by a data loss specialist:

1. Hardware malfunctions: computer won’t turn on, you hear a clicking noise when the computer runs, a file won’t open, or you get an error message of corrupted data

The hard drive of a computer is made up of specific sectors which contain all the data on your computer. Bad sectors within a hard drive can accumulate when the sector has experienced enough re-writing that it has worn down and becomes unreadable. When this happens, the data within the sector is moved to a better sector. However, sometimes the data cannot be transferred and becomes corrupted.

2. Human error related data loss: spilled water on a computer or cell phone, computer fell to the ground, a file was accidentally deleted, a file was closed before it was saved

A physical change to the hardware within a computer can cause it to become non-functional or render data inaccessible by the computer. Luckily, the data within a computer is usually preserved and can be recovered in most cases.

If an electronic file was accidentally deleted from the computer, or a file was closed before it was saved, the data will still exist on the computer but must be recovered by a personal data recovery service that can access the data.

3. Viruses/Malware: computer is running slow, files won’t open, data is corrupted, files are lost

Bad sectors within a hard drive can be caused when the process of writing the data within the sector is interrupted by a virus. Some errors are fixed by codes stored on the computer, but some errors are not recognized and must be fixed by a specialist. Some viruses are programmed to corrupt files and must be isolated and removed before the corrupted files can be repaired.

4. Software Corruption: a program glitches and closes your file, file closes without reason, program won’t open file

A software program can corrupt the data it is accessing, especially when the program is utilizing a lot of memory at once. This can be due to using diagnostic tools while the program is running. The file may become unreadable and it will require a personal data recovery service to go through the data block by block to restore the file to its original form.

5. Natural disasters: computer or cell phone is submerged in water, exposed to smoke or fire, or experiences power failure

Physical damage to a computer or cell phone can occur on a large scale if exposed to excessive heat or cold, or to liquids. Hard drives within computers are designed to have some tolerance to these elements and there is a chance the data is preserved, depending on the extent of the damage. Data specialists are highly skilled in extracting data from all types of damaged hardware and there’s usually a good chance that the data can be recovered.

A computer will inevitably experience issues which will require a personal data recovery service to restore and recover the function and data of the computer. Knowing the sources of damage will help prevent damage and prolong the life of your computer. Knowing where to find a data recovery specialist will help when damage occurs and will help assure you that your data is still safe and recoverable.