5 Essential Preparation Steps before DIY Data Recovery

For most users, generally, when encountering data losses, they tend to first attempt DIY data recovery via any software or special tools. Yet, actually, in prior to it, users had better take some vital preparation steps. This post will list 5 of them in detail.

Have you ever tried data recovery by yourself? Did you succeed or fail? Multiple users have admitted that they have attempted DIY recovery before. Yet, for some reasons, they tend to fail. In fact, chances of successful data recovery depend on multiple factors. You have to make some preparation in advance. Thereinafter, we will share you 5 important preparation steps.

5 Essential Preparation Steps before DIY Data Recovery

1. Figure out Real Causes

Above all, the foremost preparation step is to make clear the real causes of data loss. For instance, you cannot access the data in a hard drive which totally cannot spin up as normal or makes constant annoying clicking sounds. In such cases, the causes are usually physical damage. Additionally, data losses can take place due to human errors, software failures and other logical problems. Different causes should be handled with different solutions. Hence, in a nutshell, before DIY data recovery, you have to figure out culprits.

2. Assess Data Value

Moreover, you ought to assess the value of lost data in advance. It aims to let you select DIY data recovery software within budget more easily. Nowadays, as we all know, there is much recovery software available in the market. And even some of them are free of charge. Yet, to be honest, you’d better trust in those from reliable sources which may cost some bucks. In this situation, you should assess the data value to determine if it is worthy of the payments for software.

3. Make a Disk Image

Furthermore, you need to make an image file for the media beforehand. It is used for latter DIY data recovery. You should never directly install or run data recovery software on the original media in that it’ll overwrite the lost data, thereby leading to permanent data loss. Instead, you are better off getting a disk image and trying DIY recovery on the image file. It’ll provide you more chances of successful data recovery.

4. Ensure No Write Protection

What’s more, some media may be write-protected. In this scenario, data recovery software may fail to read or write to the media, not to mention to analyze and to recover lost data. Thereby, before data recovery, you have to check if the suffering media is write-protected. If so, turn it off.

5. Gain Advice from Experts

Last but not least, it is indeed suggested not to attempt DIY data recovery on your own if you are a newbie. Lacking basic knowledge about data recovery, you tend to result in further damage to your data. Thus, when selecting and purchasing a data recovery tool, you can gain some advices from the provider. For example, to recover Outlook data, you need to contact PST recovery professionals for help.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including damaged mdf and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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