Data loss is a problem that can’t be avoided, but its effects can be mitigated. Data recovery programs can repair and restore files that were lost or corrupted, ensuring that data loss is only temporary. Understanding how these programs work are key to ensuring that your data is protected.
Data loss doesn’t just result in files and folders vanishing from a computer, it represents losses in terms of time and productivity which leads to losses in income. Because of this, many companies are greatly concerned over having data recovery systems in place.
While data recovery software is now becoming common and in many cases is a quick and simple fix, there are a few wrong ideas about it that need to be dismissed.
Myth: A deleted file is gone forever
The most common cause of data loss due to human error is the accidental deletion of files. Luckily, if you act quickly, deleted files are recoverable.
When a file is deleted from a hard drive, the drive registers the space as “free”. Since the hard drive now thinks that that space is available, it could write over that space. If that happens, your file will really be gone. However, if you run a data recovery program right away, there is a good chance that you can retrieve the file.
If you have a data file and recovery program in your computer, like DataNumen Data Recovery, the minute you suspect that your file has been accidently deleted you can run it and retrieve the file before any other data gets written over on its space.
Myth: Data recovery software can solve all my data loss problems
While data recovery software is very good at finding and restoring deleted or corrupted files due to user error or hardware and software failure, if you’re hard drive is physically damaged you might still need to take it to a data recovery specialist.
If your drive has suffered obvious physical damage, it might not be a good idea to turn it on or even run software on it. Your best option here is to unplug it and take it to a data recovery specialist.
Myth: If I have data recovery software I no longer need to make backups
As we mentioned earlier, data recovery software will not be able to repair and restore lost files if your hard drive is damaged.
Also, while being careful with how you handle your computer or laptop might prevent most types of physical damage, normal wear and tear from daily operations will take a toll on a hard drive and it will eventually fail.
Hard drives have a shelf life of about five years, after about three years they will eventually start to deteriorate and slow down. Before that happens, you will want to have a backup of your drive. That way you can easily transfer your important data from your old hard drive to your new one. In general, you should perform regular backup of your drives in case of unexpected data loss incidents. If you have backup software installed on your computer such, as DataNumen Disk Image or DataNumen Backup, you can set them up to make automatic backups of your data at scheduled times to ensure you always have updated copies of your files.