Forbes Features an Article on Data Recovery
This week, Michael O’Dwyer wrote an insightful article on Forbes.com entitled “How Not To Lose Your Head When You Lose Your Data”. As he notes, “PC users, almost without exception, are experienced with data loss.” This is an unfortunate reality, but he mentions some ways to ease the pain.
If possible, the “goal should be disaster avoidance not disaster recovery”. Creating a data backup can help avoid the stress of data loss in case of hard disk failure. The article suggests regular, automatic backups. If you want to protect your data without much work, consider an easy, set-it-and-forget-it option, like this Unlimited Automatic Cloud Backup (on sale right now for $14.99/mo).
If you find yourself without a backup, there are other options. You may be able to repair your failed hard drive and extract the data from it. (For advanced users, Donor Drives has a guide to PCB replacement, and they sell a variety of PCB components and hard drive parts.)
If doing it yourself is a bit daunting or the failure is too severe, you can send it to a professional data recovery service, like Outsource Data Recovery. We offer a $60 hard drive repair service. You can then extract your own data from the repaired hard drive. If this is not possible, we also offer full data recovery service. (Get a free instant quote by entering some information about your failed drive.)
As the Forbes article says, in our computerized world, we all have files we would hate to lose—business documents, family photos, and more—but, luckily, there are more and more options to protect or retrieve your lost data.