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Ten Things You Wouldn’t Believe Can Be Saved by a Data Recovery Service

Our generation’s use of technology has streamlined the efficiency and convenience of document creation and editing. However, our use of this technology leaves our documents vulnerable to numerous electronic problems. Instead of our documents flying away with the wind, our work can become be corrupted or lost due to a dropped glass of water or an accidental deletion. It’s a harrowing moment when you realize that the hours or days of work put into a project could be wasted in less than a second and you don’t know if the project can be recovered.

The problems that lead to loss of data can arise from human error (when you forgot to save for a while and the document closes) or from sources outside of our control (like data corruption from a glitch within a software program or because of an electrical outage).

The good news is that data recovery services have greatly advanced and there’s usually a good chance that your data can be rescued. Different companies vary in quality, but there are some like Utah Data Recovery who boast a reassuring 70% recovery rate—which sounds pretty darn good when you’re faced with total data devastation. It’s an exacting science. Utah Data Recovery has an A class-100 clean room facility and data vaults where specialists can go through your data bit by bit (literally) in order to restore your files. Storage media that’s been almost completely destroyed still contains data that can be extracted. Don’t lose hope if you’ve lost access to your project files for your business, photos of your family and friends, or the history report your child has been writing.

Read on to discover the sort of data that a professional data recovery service is often able to restore, even if it appears to be lost forever.

1. Accidentally Deleted File

The accidental deletion of a file, or a file that was closed before it was properly saved can seem irreversible, but the reality is that the data is likely still on your computer. The data is vulnerable to become overwritten by other files, so act quickly and bring your device in.

2. Corrupted File

A file can be corrupted by a large number of causes. There can be a glitch within the software, an error caused by a virus, or an error within the hard drive. The error can occur during saving or uploading the document, or when trying to reformat the document. All of these issues can be reversed. The data is still there and our services will clone the data, resolve the issue, and return your data.

3. Data From a Failed Hard Drive

A hard drive wears down over time and there are issues that can lead to files becoming lost or corrupted. Many components of a hard drive are sensitive (such as read/write heads and the spindle and actuator assembly) and can prevent files from being read properly. These issues can be resolved by extracting the data.

4. Data on Hard Drives Damaged by Natural Disasters

Hard drives can become permanently damaged by electrical surges and exposure to smoke. A damaged hard drive may lead to a loss or corruption of your data.

5. Data Lost by Human Error

One tip of a water bottle onto a computer can lead to severe malfunctions, as can a laptop slipping out of your grip or being knocked off a desk. Hard drives are usually coated to protect them from water damage and data can often be recovered.

6. File Inaccessible Due to Software Corruption

Software glitches can occur when a program is shut down suddenly for no apparent reason. It can be caused by taking too much memory, by using diagnostic tools, or after a software update. The issue may lead to corruption of data or to an inability to access your data.

7. Corrupted Files From Viruses or Malware

Malware can slow down your system, and in worse cases, corrupt your system and files. Viruses are malicious attacks that often seek to deliberately cause chaos in your data. Of course, those who make viruses don’t necessarily count on a talented data recovery service combatting their work.  

8. Corrupted Files Due to a Power Failure

A sudden loss of power to a computer can lead to problems with the operating system and boot-up operations. This can cascade into other files, leading to a corruption, deletion, or premature closing of files within the computer. This is also true for changes in voltage which can affect different parts of the computer.

9. Data Lost by Physical Damage to Data Storage Media

A USB drive is easy to carry, but is also vulnerable to being damaged by water or physical damage. In these cases, the USB may be irreparable, but the data might still be accessed by specialists.

10. Data Lost to Hacking or Sabotage

Data and applications are vulnerable to attacks from outside sources which lead to intentional data corruption. Data can also be vulnerable to programs and codes which can lead to hackers obtaining access to customer and company data.

Data recovery specialists have encountered numerous situations and disasters and are prepared to help. Data that seems to have been lost or damaged may still be accessible and rescued through data recovery services. If your data is important, don’t take any chances: use a reputable data recovery service with a great track record like Utah Data Recovery and watch what the experts can do.