Every data recovery story starts with a data loss disaster…
Imagine the scene. The setting is a busy office, it’s 3 PM, maybe a dozen or so employees are all engaged with their work. Afternoon sunlight streams in through the side windows and delicate particles drift through the air. It’s Thursday so we’re past hump day and the weekend is showing possibilities. Sure, the figures won’t win awards but the curve is on the up. There’s banter across the desks and life is good. Also, end of the month reports have been completed this morning and a few promising proposals have been written. It’s time to tidy them up and get them sent.
What’s that? The screen reads, ‘That location is no longer accessible’ Furthermore, there’s a big red cross and a nasty sound. No worries, try again. Same result. Again. Still the same. Your adrenaline is surging, it’s fight or flight. Breathe. This is surely fixable. You gain composure and spin round on your seat looking for the IT guy. Gulp. You see you’re not the only one looking nervously at their screen. Fade to black.
So, it’s the big one – catastrophic data loss due to server hard drive failure. And backup wasn’t due until the end of the day. What now? Fortunately, this probably isn’t the end of the line for your data.
Data Recovery is the Brain Surgery of PC Repairs
Data loss can be caused by many things. Hard drive failure, data corruption, viruses, hacking and simple power failures or spikes can all have painful consequences. Consequently, how the data is recovered depends on how it was lost. For instance, even though it may seem your hard drive is cactus, it may actually be a controller or Windows itself that’s broken.
What’s the prognosis Doctor?
At its most extreme, data recovery is performed by engineers in sterile white suits in a sterile climate-controlled lab. Your hard drive will be carefully opened up on the equivalent of an operating table, the delicate disks will be extracted with great care and cloning will be attempted. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict how much of the data can be recovered, but partial to full recovery isn’t uncommon.