Data recovery is a process whereby you can save data and
files you accidentally deleted, had eaten by malicious
software or viruses, hardware failures, corporate espionage
and many more scenarios. Most people believe that when the
hard drive crashes their world ends also, but that’s not
usually the case. In fact 85% of the time the data is
recoverable, and at far less trouble and expense than you
might fear at first.
It’s a wonder something that spins at thousands of times a
minute doesn’t crash more often than they do, what with all
the abuse we heap upon them. When’s the last time you did a
dust patrol near your drive ports? Hard drives aren’t the
only data that can be saved too. Zip drives, floppies,
DVD’s, CD-ROM’s and more can be rescued. And sometimes the
worst of disasters will yield up results. Technicians
regularly extract data from computers that are burned to a
crisp. Admittedly this is trickier and more expensive, but
it can be done. On woman had her Apple Powerbook sink to the
bottom of the Amazon, whereupon tiring of waiting for the
salvage operation, she promptly donned her scuba gear, swam
down to the sunken boat and retrieved her precious files.
She then mailed the whole mess to DriveSavers and they
managed to save most of her data, despite being submerged
for three days!
Most recoveries aren’t nearly as sexy, and can usually be
resolved with a software solution, usually by the client his
or herself. Off the rack data recovery software is quite
good and relatively inexpensive, especially when you
compared to the cost of dealing with replacing the lost
files. Most data recovery issues stem from human error,
roughly 25%. A software solution can run you anywhere from
$75-$400, whereas if the problem is too difficult and you
have to box it up and send it out, expect to pay between
$500-$2000, with the average price of $1000.
The key to remember is that deleted data is usually not gone
forever, just maddeningly misplaced. The good news is that
recovery can be a mouse click away!