One of the worst things that can happen is the loss of critical data. Hardware failure and corrupt files can bring on panic. Here are some sensible guidelines on how to best go about data recovery.
* Do not attempt data recovery yourself on damaged drives.
* Don’t assume that data is lost forever and toss out the hard drive.
* If your hard drive makes clicking, grinding, or buzzing sounds, shut down the computer immediately. Those sounds could be read/write heads scraping on the disk platters.
* Do not try to use data recovery software if the hard drive is not working properly.
* Take your computer to an IT maintenance firm experienced in recovering data. Doing it the wrong way could mean the data is lost forever.
* Do not gamble on desperation measures such as putting your hard drive in the freezer or banging it on its side. On rare occasions this might work, but is more likely to cause permanent damage that makes data unrecoverable.
* Your first attempt at data recovery may be the only chance you get.
Prevent Data Loss
* Back up your important data after every change.
* Adopt a strategy to ensure critical information is protected as part of your regular IT maintenance.
* Never upgrade your OS to a new version without backing up drives first.
* Use up-to-date hardware and software utilities for data security such as anti-virus protection.
* Be sure you have software in place that scans all incoming emails, downloads, and web pages for possible malware threats.
* Invest in a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to protect against power surges and power loss. If the power goes out, save data immediately.
* Particularly in dry environments, take measures to avoid static discharge when handling storage media.
Perform regular backups
* For critical data establish redundant backups. Use a directly attached storage device and a second backup to the cloud.
* Make a back up of your entire hard drive, and work out a program where your critical working files are backed up several times a day. Buy some backup software that will schedule backups, but as a working rule, backup your files early and often.
* Periodically check your backup system by restoring several files and verifying the data is intact.
* If you’re having trouble accessing a hard drive, try to slave it to another computer to check for file system integrity. Sometimes it is not the hard drive at fault, but a corrupt OS file or different hardware issue. Do not turn the system on and off hoping to get lucky.
* For accidentally deleted files, try several undelete program demos and pick one that works best for you.
* If you don’t have restorable backups and aren’t 100% sure you can ensure data recovery, seek a professional.
When you’ve lost valuable data, your next steps are critical. Above all, do not try installing recovery software to a questionable hard drive, and never open the drive. The best chance for lost data is finding a specialist in data recovery in Singapore.